Space Science Reviews ISO Special Issue "ISO science
legacy - a compact review of ISO major achievements", Ed. C. Cesarky &
A. Salama (Springer)
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Abstract. We present the results obtained through the various ISO extragalactic deep surveys. While IRAS revealed the existence of galaxies forming stars at a rate of a few tens (LIRGs) or even hundreds (ULIRGs) solar masses in the local universe, ISO not only discovered that these galaxies were already in place at redshift one, but also that they are not the extreme objects that we once believed them to be. Instead they appear to play a dominant role in shaping present-day galaxies as reflected by their role in the cosmic history of star formation and in producing the cosmic infrared background detected by the COBE satellite in the far infrared to sub-millimeter range.
Keywords: Deep surveys - infrared - galaxy formation
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