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ABSTRACT

INTRODUCTION

2.GALAXY-SCALED STAR FORMATION AND ISM DYNAMICS - BASIC FACTS
2.1.Disk stability and star formation
2.2.The heterogeneous and turbulent ISM
2.3.Star formation in the turbulent ISM

3.DYNAMICS OF GALAXY INTERACTIONS AND MERGERS
3.1.Dynamical Friction
3.2.Violent Relaxation
3.3.Gas response and tidal torques

4.STAR FORMATION TRIGGERING IN INTERACTIONS - FROM MERGERS TO STARBURSTS
4.1.Main observed facts
4.2.Standard theory of merger-induced starbursts: gas inflows and nuclear starbursts
4.3.Limitations of the standard theory
4.4.Star formation in mergers: effect of the turbulent, cloudy ISM
4.5.From triggered turbulence to dense gas excess and starbursts
4.6.Implications for star formation "laws"
4.7.Summary

5.STRUCTURE FORMATION IN MERGERS, SUPER STAR CLUSTERS AND GLOBULAR CLUSTERS

6.CONCLUSION AND IMPLICATIONS FOR GALAXY FORMATION

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