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Paper: Constraints on BCD Evolution: HI Distributions and Kinematics
Volume: 240, Gas and Galaxy Evolution: A Conference in Honor of the 20th Anniversary of the VLA
Page: 175
Authors: van Zee, L.; Skillman, E. D.; Salzer, J. J.
Abstract: Blue compact dwarf (BCD) galaxies are small galaxies which are currently undergoing a strong burst of star formation. Given their low-luminosity, low-metallicity nature, it has been hypothesized that these objects are short-lived phenomena, and may be galaxies which undergo episodic bursts of star formation. The ultimate fate of the BCD class has been debated for the last three decades. New results on the gaseous and stellar kinematics are presented which show that BCDs have significant angular momentum, and thus cannot evolve passively into dwarf elliptical galaxies. Rather, BCDs in a quiescent phase must be found as a subset of the general class of dwarf irregular galaxies.
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