The disc shape is a preferred form for galaxies due to angular momentum, and the axis of rotation indicates a locally preferred orientation for the angular momentum vector. Why do galaxies in Hubble Ultra Deep Field appear to have random axes of rotation? What scaling laws are in effect here?

Hubble Ultra Deep Field

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    $\begingroup$ The galaxies in the Hubble Deep Field are very far from each other. For the potential scaling laws in filaments from simulations see e.g. "Review: galactic angular momenta and angular momentum correlations in the cosmological large-scale structure", Bjoern Malte Schaefer. $\endgroup$ – CuriousOne Mar 13 '16 at 1:32
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    $\begingroup$ The spiral is due to very complex phenomena, not to "angular momentum". But you probably meant "disk-shape", not especially spirals. (Not also that there are a lot of elliptic galaxies). $\endgroup$ – Fabrice NEYRET Mar 13 '16 at 9:39
  • $\begingroup$ CuriousOne - I read your suggested reference and conclude that it pretty much answers my question. Since you knew the reference I think you should be able to provide a brief answer. $\endgroup$ – P T Mar 16 '16 at 0:59

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