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Strange Hosts of Blue Compact Galaxies

DOI: 10.1007/10995020_58

ABSTRACT Luminous Blue Compact Galaxies (BCGs) have low metallicities, high gas consumption rates and are frequently involved in mergers.
These are properties characteristic of young galaxies in the hierarchical formation scenario. Local BCGs can therefore be
used as a complement to high redshift studies provided that the evolution of BCGs can be understood in more detail and be
applied to early galaxy formation. Although much is known about the central starburst, few studies discuss the relation between
the starburst and the progenitor, or the “host galaxy” of the starburst. Here we report of an effort to derive information
about the host from the colours of the faint halo.

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