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The gas content of peculiar galaxies: Strongly interacting systems
A study of the gas content in 1038 interacting galaxies, essentiallyselected from Arp, Arp & Madore, Vorontsov-Velyaminov catalogues andsome of the published literature, is presented here. The data on theinterstellar medium have been extracted from a number of sources in theliterature and compared with a sample of 1916 normal galaxies. The meanvalues for each of the different ISM tracers (FIR, 21 cm, CO lines,X-ray) have been estimated by means of survival analysis techniques, inorder to take into account the presence of upper limits. From the datait appears that interacting galaxies have a higher gas content thannormal ones. Galaxies classified as ellipticals have both a dust and gascontent one order of magnitude higher than normal. Spirals have in mostpart a normal dust and HI content but an higher molecular gas mass. TheX-ray luminosity also appears higher than that of normal galaxies ofsame morphological type, both including or excluding AGNs. We consideredthe alternative possibilities that the molecular gas excess may derivefrom the existence of tidal torques which produce gas infall from thesurrounding regions or from a different metallicity which affects the Xconversion factor between the observed CO line luminosity and the H_2calculated mass. According to our tests, it appears that interactinggalaxies possess a higher molecular mass than normal galaxies but with asimilar star formation efficiency.Table 1 is only available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymousftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr ( or viahttp://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/qcat?J/A+A/422/941

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The enhancement of infrared emission in interacting galaxies
Selected infrared properties, based on IRAS observations, of twocategories of interacting galaxy pairs from the Arp-Madore Catalogue ofSouthern Peculiar Galaxies and Associations are examined. For pairs ofcomparably sized galaxies, a strong tendency exists for pairs with thehighest far-IR color temperatures to have the smallest separation. Thisfinding implies that galaxy interactions significantly enhance theintensity or the efficiency of star formation. No trend of far-IR colortemperature varying with pair separation is found for pairs consistingof a galaxy with a small companion. There are 10 times as many pairs inthe sample that contain one IRAS far-IR galaxy as there are pairs forwhich both galaxies were detected by IRAS, thus strengthening previousconclusions that the effect of a perturbation depends strongly on thedetailed geometry of the interaction.

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