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Author Symeonidis, M. ♦ Rosario, D. ♦ Georgakakis, A. ♦ Harker, J. ♦ Laird, E. S. ♦ Page, M. J.
Content type Text
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Date of Submission 2009-12-15
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Natural sciences & mathematics ♦ Astronomy & allied sciences ♦ Physics
Subject Keyword Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics ♦ physics:astro-ph
Abstract We present the first AGN census in a sample of 61 galaxies selected at 70microns, a wavelength which should strongly favour the detection of star-forming systems. For the purpose of this study we take advantage of deep Chandra X-ray and Spitzer infrared (3.6-160micron) data, as well as optical spectroscopy and photometry from the Deep Extragalactic Evolutionary Probe 2 (DEEP2) survey for the Extended Groth Strip (EGS) field. We investigate spectral line diagnostics ([OIII]/Hbeta and [NeIII]/[OII] ratios, Hdelta Balmer absorption line equivalent widths and the strength of the 4000Ang break), X-ray luminosities and spectral energy distributions (SEDs). We find that the 70micron sources are undergoing starburst episodes and are therefore characterised by a predominance of young stars. In addition, 13 per cent of the sources show AGN signatures and hence potentially host an AGN. When the sample is split into starbursts (SBs, 10^10<L_IR<10^11 L_solar), Luminous InfraRed Galaxies (LIRGs, 10^11<L_IR<10^12 L_solar) and UltraLuminous InfraRed Galaxies (ULIRGs,10^12<L_IR<10^13 L_solar), the AGN fraction becomes 0, 11 and 23 per cent respectively, showing an increase with total infrared luminosity. However, by examining the sources' panchromatic SEDs, we conclude that although the AGN is energetically important in 1 out of 61 objects, all 70micron-selected galaxies are primarily powered by star-formation.
Description Comment: 20 pages, 14 figures, accepted for publication in MNRAS
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Page Count 20