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2016ApJ...829...78D Major-Merger Galaxy Pairs at Z = 0: Dust Properties and Companion Morphology Domingue, Donovan L.; Cao, Chen; Xu, C. Kevin; Jarrett, Thomas H.; Ronca, Joseph; Hill, Emily; Jacques, Allison Abstract. We present an analysis of dust properties of a sample of close major-merger galaxy pairs selected by K_ s_ magnitude and redshift. The pairs represent the two populations of spiral-spiral (S+S) and mixed morphology spiral-elliptical (S+E). The Code Investigating GALaxy Emission software is used to fit dust models to the Two Micron All Sky Survey, Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, and Herschel flux density measurements, and to derive the parameters describing the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons contribution, interstellar radiation field, and photodissociation regions. Model fits verify our previous Spitzer Space Telescope analysis that S+S and S+E pairs do not have the same level of enhancement of star formation and differ in dust composition. The spirals of mixed-morphology galaxy pairs do not exhibit the enhancements in interstellar radiation field and therefore dust temperature for spirals in S+S pairs in contrast to what would be expected according to standard models of gas redistribution due to encounter torques. This suggests the importance of the companion environment/morphology in determining the dust properties of a spiral galaxy in a close major-merger pair. Key words: galaxies: evolution, galaxies: interactions, galaxies: ISM, galaxies: spiral
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