The importance and consequences of galaxy mergers
The merger history of massive galaxies in the early Universe
Kenneth Duncan
Carl Mundy (University of Nottingham), Christopher Conselice (University of Nottingham)
Leiden Observatory
In recent years, remarkable progress has been made in studying the growth of the first galaxies through studies of the luminosity functions, star-formation rates and stellar masses. However, there are still very few robust observational constraints on the merger rates of galaxies during this formative period. Such measurements are vital in understanding the importance of mergers in the early lives of today’s most massive galaxies and what role they played (if any) in the creation of the first quiescent galaxies already seen at z ~ 4. We present new results on the major merger rates (1:4 mass ratios) of galaxies at 2


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