NASA/IPAC EXTRAGALACTIC DATABASE
Date and Time of the Query: 2019-02-19 T04:36:42 PST
Help | Comment | NED Home

For refcode 2010ApJ...709..884Y:
Retrieve 535 NED objects in this reference.
Please click here for ADS abstract

NED Abstract

Copyright by American Astronomical Society. Reproduced by permission
2010ApJ...709..884Y The Role of Starburst-Active Galactic Nucleus Composites in Luminous Infrared Galaxy Mergers: Insights from the New Optical Classification Scheme Yuan, T.-T.; Kewley, L. J.; Sanders, D. B. Abstract. We investigate the fraction of starbursts, starburst-active galactic nucleus (AGN) composites, Seyferts, and low-ionization narrow emission-line region galaxies (LINERs) as a function of infrared luminosity (L_IR_) and merger progress for ~500 infrared (IR)-selected galaxies. Using the new optical classifications afforded by the extremely large data set of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, we find that the fraction of LINERs in IR-selected samples is rare (<5%) compared with other spectral types. The lack of strong IR emission in LINERs is consistent with recent optical studies suggesting that LINERs contain AGN with lower accretion rates than in Seyfert galaxies. Most previously classified IR-luminous LINERs are classified as starburst-AGN composite galaxies in the new scheme. Starburst-AGN composites appear to "bridge" the spectral evolution from starburst to AGN in ULIRGs. The relative strength of the AGN versus starburst activity shows a significant increase at high IR luminosity. In ULIRGs (L_IR_ > 10^12^ L_sun_), starburst-AGN composite galaxies dominate at early-intermediate stages of the merger, and AGN galaxies dominate during the final merger stages. Our results are consistent with models for IR-luminous galaxies where mergers of gas-rich spirals fuel both starburst and AGN, and where the AGN becomes increasingly dominant during the final merger stages of the most luminous IR objects. Key words: galaxies: active, galaxies: evolution, galaxies: interactions, galaxies: starburst, infrared: galaxies
Retrieve 535 NED objects in this reference.
Please click here for ADS abstract

Back to NED Home