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Determining star formation rates for infrared galaxies

AutorRieke, George H.; Alonso-Herrero, A. ; Weiner, B. J.; Pérez-González, Pablo G.; Blaylock, M.; Donley, J. L.; Marcillac, D.
Palabras claveGalaxies: fundamental parameters
Galaxies: starburst
Galaxies: stellar content
Fecha de publicación19-feb-2009
EditorAmerican Astronomical Society
CitaciónAstrophysical Journal 692(1): 556-573 (2009)
ResumenWe show that measures of star formation rates (SFRs) for infrared galaxies using either single-band 24 um or extinction-corrected Paschen-alpha luminosities are consistent in the total infrared luminosity = L(TIR) ~ 10^10 L_sun range. MIPS 24 micron photometry can yield star formation rates accurately from this luminosity upward: SFR(M_sun/yr) = 7.8 x 10^-10 L(24 um, L_sun) from L(TIR) = 5 x 10^9 L_sun to 10^11 L_sun, and SFR = 7.8 x 10^-10 L(24 um, L_sun) x (7.76 x 10^-11 L(24))^0.048 for higher L(TIR). For galaxies with L(TIR) >= 10^10 L_sun, these new expressions should provide SFRs to within 0.2 dex. For L(TIR) >= 10^11 L_sun, we find that the SFR of infrared galaxies is significantly underestimated using extinction-corrected Pa-alpha (and presumably using any other optical or near infrared recombination lines). As a part of this work, we constructed spectral energy distribution (SED) templates for eleven luminous and ultraluminous purely star forming infrared galaxies (LIRGs and ULIRGs) and over the spectral range 0.4 microns to 30 cm. We use these templates and the SINGS data to construct average templates from 5 microns to 30 cm for infrared galaxies with L(TIR) = 5 x 10^9 to 10^13 L_sun. All of these templates are made available on line.
Descripción36 pages, 18 figures, 4 tables, 1 appendix.-- Pre-print archive.
Versión del editorhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/692/1/556
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/20475
DOI10.1088/0004-637X/692/1/556
ISSN0004-637X
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