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The luminosity function of the brightest galaxies in the IRAS survey

Soifer, B. T. and Sanders, D. B. and Madore, B. F. and Neugebauer, G. and Persson, C. J. and Persson, S. E. and Rice, W. L. (1987) The luminosity function of the brightest galaxies in the IRAS survey. In: Star formation in galaxies. NASA Conference Publication. No.2466. NASA , Washington, DC, pp. 523-530.

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Results from a study of the far infrared properties of the brightest galaxies in the IRAS survey are described. There is a correlation between the infrared luminosity and the infrared to optical luminosity ratio and between the infrared luminosity and the far infrared color temperature in these galaxies. The infrared bright galaxies represent a significant component of extragalactic objects in the local universe, being comparable in space density to the Seyferts, optically identified starburst galaxies, and more numerous than quasars at the same bolometric luminosity. The far infrared luminosity in the local universe is approximately 25% of the starlight output in the same volume.

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Additional Information:This research was funded partially by NASA under the IRAS extended mission program and partially by the NSF.
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