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astro-ph/0210371.

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FORMATION AND EVOLUTION OF DISK GALAXIES

Joseph Silk


University of Oxford
Astrophysics, Denys Wilkinson Building,
Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3RH, UK


Abstract. I review several of the current issues in the theory of disk galaxy formation. There is still much to be done, observationally and theoretically, before we can expect to approach an understanding of disk galaxies that is reliable enough to make robust predictions about the high redshift universe.


Key words: galaxy, disk, star formation


Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

DISK FORMATION

GLOBAL STAR FORMATION IN DISKS

THE DARK SIDE OF DISK FORMATION

PROPOSED SOLUTIONS

ANALYTIC DISK GALAXY FORMATION

SPHEROID FORMATION

CONCLUSIONS

REFERENCES

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