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Internal and Environmental effects on galaxy evolution

Antonio Pipino

I will talk about recent results on the interplay between internal (e.g. star formation, stellar feedback) and external (gas accretion, halo/environmental quenching, mergers) processes affecting the growth of the stellar component of galaxies.

I will first show that, to the zero-th order, galaxy evolution is a relatively
simple self-regulating process that can be understood in terms of balance between inflows and outflows
at a given star formation efficiency. These simultaneously determine the evolution of the specific star formation rate
(sSFR) and the metallicity across cosmic times, and - at a fixed time - explain the mass-metallicity-SFR relation
observed in galaxies.

I then highlight some recent empirical results on the effect of mergers in enhancing
the (s)SFR of interacting galaxies as a function of mass and environment.

Finally, I present some work in progress with semi-analytic models.
In particular I compare their predictions to the latest observations of the passive
fraction in groups, as well as to the galaxy mass function and the sSFR evolution over cosmic time.
I present successes and failures of such approach, and suggest the way to improve
these models.