Energy Diagnoses of Nine Infrared Luminous Galaxies Based on 3-4 Micron Spectra
TOKYO ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATORY MITAKA (JAPAN)
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The energy sources of nine infrared luminous galaxies IRLGs are diagnosed based on their ground-based 3-4 micron spectra. Both the equivalent width of the 3.3 micron polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon PAH emission feature and the 3.3 micron PAH to far-infrared luminosity ratio are analyzed. Assuming that nuclear compact starburst activity in these sources produces the 3.3 micron PAH emission as strongly as that in starburst galaxies with lower far-infrared luminosities, the following results are found. For six IRLGs, both the observed equivalent widths and the PAH to far-infrared luminosity ratios are too small to explain the bulk of their far-infrared luminosities by compact starburst activity, indicating that active galactic nucleus AGN activity is a dominant energy source. For the other three IRLGs, while the 3.3 micron PAH equivalent widths are within the range of starburst galaxies, the 3.3 micron PAH to far-infrared luminosity ratios after correction for screen dust extinction are a factor of 3 smaller. The uncertainty in the dust extinction correction factor and in the scatter of the intrinsic PAH to far-infrared luminosity ratios for starburst galaxies does not allow a determination of the ultimate energy sources for these three IRLGs.
- Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy