AAS 201st Meeting, January, 2003
Session 116. Galaxies - Activating
Poster, Thursday, January 9, 2003, 9:20am-4:00pm, Exhibit Hall AB

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[116.04] The Interplay Between Stars and Gas in Nearby Starburst Galaxies: Results from HST

D. Calzetti, J. Harris, D.A. Smith (STScI), J.S. Gallagher, N. Homeier (University of Wisconsin), C.J. Conselice (Caltech)

Nearby starburst galaxies offer the opportunity to study galactic-scale star formation events and the interplay between stars and the host galaxy's interstellar medium in great detail. We present multiwavelength HST observations of four nearby (3-5 Mpc) starburst galaxies, spanning a range of masses, metallicities and environmental conditions. The data consist of broad- and narrow-band images of the stellar populations and ionized gas in the starburst regions of these galaxies, obtained with WFPC2. We examine the star-formation histories of the starbursts, and the physical structure and conditions of the ionized gas. These analyses allow us to constrain the nature and evolution of the starburst phenomenon.

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