Date of Original Version

1-8-2016

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Article

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The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11214-015-0177-4

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The alignments between galaxies, their underlying matter structures, and the cosmic web constitute vital ingredients for a comprehensive understanding of gravity, the nature of matter, and structure formation in the Universe. We provide an overview on the state of the art in the study of these alignment processes and their observational signatures, aimed at a non-specialist audience. The development of the field over the past one hundred years is briefly reviewed. We also discuss the impact of galaxy alignments on measurements of weak gravitational lensing, and discuss avenues for making theoretical and observational progress over the coming decade

DOI

10.1007/s11214-015-0177-4

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Space Science Reviews, 193, 1, 1-65.