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AGN and Starbursts in Dusty Galaxy Mergers: Insights from the Great Observatories All-sky LIRG Survey

Mazzarella, Joseph M. (2013) AGN and Starbursts in Dusty Galaxy Mergers: Insights from the Great Observatories All-sky LIRG Survey. Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, 9 (S304). pp. 356-362. ISSN 1743-9213. doi:10.1017/S1743921314004311.

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The Great Observatories All-sky LIRG Survey (GOALS) is combining imaging and spectroscopic data from the Herschel, Spitzer, Hubble, GALEX, Chandra, and XMM-Newton space telescopes augmented with extensive ground-based observations in a multiwavelength study of approximately 180 Luminous Infrared Galaxies (LIRGs) and 20 Ultraluminous Infrared Galaxies (ULIRGs) that comprise a statistically complete subset of the 60μm-selected IRAS Revised Bright Galaxy Sample. The objects span the full range of galaxy environments (giant isolated spirals, wide and close pairs, minor and major mergers, merger remnants) and nuclear activity types (Seyfert 1, Seyfert 2, LINER, starburst/HII), with proportions that depend strongly on the total infrared luminosity. I will review the science motivations and present highlights of recent results selected from over 25 peer-reviewed journal articles published recently by the GOALS Team. Statistical investigations include detection of high-ionization Fe K emission indicative of deeply embedded AGN, comparison of UV and far-IR properties, investigations of the fraction of extended emission as a function of wavelength derived from mid-IR spectroscopy, mid-IR spectral diagnostics and spectral energy distributions revealing the relative contributions of AGN and starbursts to powering the bolometric luminosity, and quantitative structure analyses that delineate the evolution of stellar bars and nuclear stellar cusps during the merger process. Multiwavelength dissections of individual systems have unveiled large populations of young star clusters and heavily obscured AGN in early-stage (II Zw 96), intermediate-stage (Mrk 266, Mrk 273), and late-stage (NGC 2623, IC 883) mergers. A recently published study that matches numerical simulations to the observed morphology and gas kinematics in mergers has placed four systems on a timeline spanning 175-260 million years after their first passages, and modeling of additional (U)LIRGs is underway. A very brief description of ongoing work with Herschel and ALMA will be given. The talk will conclude with a discussion of the demographics of dual AGN (kpc-scale orbits) in the GOALS sample, including the difficulty of their detection and confirmation, a proposed sequence representing a progression from dual AGN to binary AGNs (sub-pc scale orbits), and implications for the scarcity of confirmed binary QSOs in recent large surveys. Grant support from NASA is gratefully acknowledged.

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Additional Information:© 2014 International Astronomical Union. The GOALS team includes L. Armus, P. Appleton, J. Barnes, G. Bothun, B. Chan, A. S. Evans, D. T. Frayer, S. Haan, J. H. Howell, H. Inami, K. Iwasawa, L. J. Kewley, D.-C. Kim, S. Lord, B. F. Madore, J. Marshall, J. M. Mazzarella, E. J. Murphy, A. Petric, G. C. Privon, J. Rich, D. B. Sanders, B. Schultz, H. Spoon, E. Sturm, S. Stierwalt, J. A. Surace, V. U, T. Vivilkin, S. Veilleux, and C. K. Xu. Please consult the cited articles for a complete list of co-authors and affiliations. NASA support is gratefully acknowledged.
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Subject Keywords:galaxies: active; galaxies: nuclei; galaxies: peculiar; galaxies: interactions; galaxies: starburst; galaxies: Seyfert; galaxies: structure; galaxies: star clusters; infrared: galaxies
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Official Citation:Joseph M. Mazzarella (2013). AGN and Starbursts in Dusty Galaxy Mergers: Insights from the Great Observatories All-sky LIRG Survey. Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, 9, pp 356-362. doi:10.1017/S1743921314004311.
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