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2001AJ....121..128H STARBURST OR SEYFERT? ADDING A RADIO AND FAR-INFRARED PERSPECTIVE TO THE INVESTIGATION OF ACTIVITY IN COMPOSITE GALAXIES TANYA L. HILL School of Physics, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia CHARLENE A. HEISLER Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Australian National University RAY P. NORRIS AND JOHN E. REYNOLDS Australia Telescope National Facility, P.O. Box 76, Epping 1710 NSW, Australia AND RICHARD W. HUNSTEAD School of Physics, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia Received 1999 June 29; accepted 2000 September 12 ABSTRACT It was once common to regard Seyfert and starburst galaxies as completely different types of object, but there is growing recognition that these classifications refer to the extremes of a continuous spectrum of galaxy types. In a previous study we investigated a sample of galaxies with ambiguous optical emission-line ratios and concluded from near-infrared spectroscopic observations that the sample consisted of composite galaxies, containing both a starburst and an active galactic nucleus (AGN). We now extend our study using radio synthesis and long-baseline interferometer observations made with the Australia Telescope, together with far-infrared IRAS observations, to discuss the relative contribution of starburst and AGN components to the overall luminosity of the composite galaxies. We find that only a small fraction of the radio emission (<10%) can be attributed to an AGN and that the majority of the far-infrared emission (>90%) is probably due to the starburst component. We also show that an AGN contribution to the optical emission of as little as 10% is sufficient to account for the ambiguous line-ratio diagnostics. Key words: galaxies: active-galaxies: Seyfert-galaxies: starburst
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