VERTiCO: THE VIRGO ENVIRONMENT TRACED IN CO SURVEY

How does environment affect galaxy evolution & star formation?

The VERTICO Survey is an ongoing ALMA Large Program that is revealing the effects of environment on galaxy evolution in unprecedented detail by mapping the molecular gas, as the raw fuel for star formation, in 51 Virgo Cluster galaxies.

VERTICO aims to make progress on key outstanding questions about how environment drives galaxy evolution.

      1. What is the dominant mode of environmental influence on galaxies?

      2. How do environmental factors affect the conversion of gas into stars?

      3. Is the process of star formation universal across different environments?