|Size is Not Everything: A PACS Emission Line Study of the Most Compact Infrared-luminous Galaxies
|Recent results based on far-infrared (IR) data obtained with Herschel strongly suggest the existence of two modes of star formation that apply to low and high-redshift galaxies: a quiescent mode for disks (or main-sequence galaxies) and a starburst mode probably associated with more efficient nuclear, compact star formation. This dichotomy implies that the properties of the inter stellar medium (ISM) in these two types of systems must be substantially different. We have used the mid- to far-IR colors of galaxies as a proxy for their compactness to select a sample of local, compact luminous IR galaxies ((U)LIRGs; LIR &amp;gt;= 10^11 Lsun) from the IRAS 12-micron sample. Our sample of 73 compact (U)LIRGs includes both Seyfert galaxies as well as purely star-forming systems, and therefore is not biased towards active galaxies only. We will observe the key far-IR [CII]158, [OI]63, and [OIII]88 micron emission lines with Herschel-PACS and use models of photo-dissociation regions (PDRs), shocks, X-ray dissociation regions (XDRs), and dusty AGNs to derive the main physical parameters of the ISM in this important class of systems, which are not being targeted by any Herschel project. Our proposed galaxy sample bridges the gap between other studies focused on the analysis of local galaxies with a range of IR luminosities, mid- to far-IR colors, or more spatially extended IR emission, providing a wider view of the star formation and nuclear activity in local IR-bright galaxies in extreme environments, and thus adding a significant contribution to the Herschel legacy. The total time requested for achieving this goal is 89.8 hours.
|Herschel was launched on 14 May 2009! It is the fourth 'cornerstone' mission in the ESA science programme. With a 3.5 m Cassegrain telescope it is the largest space telescope ever launched. It is performing photometry and spectroscopy in approximately the 55-671 µm range, bridging the gap between earlier infrared space missions and groundbased facilities.
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|European Space Agency
|European Space Agency, 2013, OT2_tdiazsan_1, SPG v14.2.0. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-upekkf4