Evolution of dwarf galaxies in the Fornax cluster
1University of Oulu Graduate School
2University of Oulu, Faculty of Science, Astronomy
3University of Groningen, Faculty of Science and Engineering
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|Publish Date:|| 2019-03-19
|Thesis type:||Doctoral Dissertation
|Defence Note:||PhD thesis to obtain the degree of PhD of the University of Groningen on the authority of the Rector Magnificus, Prof. E. Sterken, and in accordance with the decision by the College of Deans, and to obtain the degree of PhD of the University of Oulu on the authority of the dean of the Graduate School, Prof. Harri Oinas-Kukkonen and in assent of the University of Oulu Graduate School. Double PhD degree. This thesis will be defended in public on Friday 29th of March 2019 at 11.00 hours in the auditorium of the main building of the University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands.
Professor Reynier F. Peletier
Professor Heikki Salo
Docent Eija Laurikainen
Professor Sven de Rijcke
In this chapter, I make an overview of the current knowledge about dwarf galaxies and their evolution in the cluster environment, and describe some of the open questions of the field. I start by defining dwarf galaxies and their morphological types and shortly introduce the observational framework of the field. I then describe the main environmental effects taking place in galaxy clusters and how they shape the dwarf galaxy populations in them. In addition, I give an introduction to the Fornax Deep Survey and shortly review the previous studies addressing the Fornax cluster, which plays a major role in the scientific chapters of this thesis. Finally, I summarize the contents of this thesis and how it tries to answer the open questions in the dwarf galaxy evolution.
This thesis consists of four scientific chapters (Chapters 2–5) that, with the exception of the last one, are published in scientific journals. The fifth chapter is based on ongoing work that will be published later.
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