Institution(s): 1. Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik
Building on the ever-growing body of multiwavelength extragalactic surveys, spatially- and spectrally-resolved studies are providing new and unique insights into the physical and dynamical processes that drive the star formation and mass assembly of galaxies since as early as a few billion years after the Big Bang. I will present recent key progress in our understanding of galaxy evolution from state-of-the-art optical, near-IR, and submillimeter observations of massive star-forming galaxies around the peak epoch of cosmic star formation density, with an emphasis on high redshift disks. I will discuss implications on the star formation properties, feedback mechanisms, and early life cycle of z ~ 1 - 3 galaxies, and will highlight current challenges and emerging science questions.