The evolution of the cold gas and the star-formation activity during galaxy interactions is explored using a merging galaxy sequence comprising both pre- and post-merger candidates. The evolutionary properties of the interacting systems in the present sample are compared with those of isolated spirals and evolved ellipticals to explore their consistency with the 'merger hypothesis' for the formation of elliptical galaxies.
Astronomical Society of the Pacific conference series: Gas and galaxy evolution: a conference in honor of the 20th anniversary of the VLA, Socorro, New Mexico, United States, 21-24 May 2000 / John E. Hibbard, Michael Rupen and Jacqueline H. van Gorkom (eds.),
Vol. 240, pp. 155-159