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Paper: The Cosmological Context of Extra-planar Gas
Volume: 331, Extra-Planar Gas
Page: 131
Authors: Binney, J.
Abstract: I review evidence that galaxies form from gas that falls into potential wells cold, rather than from virialized gas, and that formation stops once an atmosphere of trapped virialized gas has accumulated. Disk galaxies do not have such atmospheres, so their formation is ongoing. During galaxy formation feedback is an efficient process, and the nuclear regions of disk galaxies blow winds. The cold infalling gas that drives continued star formation has a significant component of angular momentum perpendicular to that of the disk. Extra-planar gas has to be understood in the context set by nuclear outflows and cold skew-rotating cosmic infall.
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