Molecular Gas and Star Formation in Dwarf Galaxies. Alberto Bolatto Research Astronomer UC Berkeley Adam Leroy* Josh Simon* Leo Blitz. * Hard working grad students. Why should you care?.
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Local dwarfs are windows onto the high-z Universe
Taken together, suggest that what matters in the HIH2 conversion is the amount of matter in the disk (Σ*), not just the amount of “stuff”
Suggests that photodissociation plays only a secondary role in setting the global amount of H2