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Adaptive Optics Imaging Survey of Luminous Infrared Galaxies

By E A Laag, G Canalizo, W De Vries, E L Gates, S A Stanford and W Van Breugel


We present high resolution imaging observations of a sample of previously unidentified far-infrared galaxies at z < 0.3. The objects were selected by cross-correlating the IRAS Faint Source Catalog with the VLA FIRST catalog and the HST Guide Star Catalog to allow for adaptive optics observations. We found two new ULIGs (with L_FIR equal to or greater than 10^{12} L_sun) and 19 new LIGs (with L_FIR equal to or greater than 10^{11} L_sun). Twenty of the galaxies in the sample were imaged with either the Lick or Keck adaptive optics systems in H or K'. Galaxy morphologies were determined using the two dimensional fitting program GALFIT and the residuals examined to look for interesting structure. The morphologies reveal that at least 30% are involved in tidal interactions, with 20% being clear mergers. An additional 50% show signs of possible interaction. Line ratios were used to determine powering mechanism; of the 17 objects in the sample showing clear emission lines - four are active galactic nuclei and seven are starburst galaxies. The rest exhibit a combination of both phenomena

Topics: Astrophysics and Astronomy
Year: 2006
DOI identifier: 10.1086/504112
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