Volume 391, Number 2, August IV 2002
|Page(s)||429 - 440|
|Section||Cosmology (including clusters of galaxies)|
|Published online||02 August 2002|
Mid-infrared observations of the ultraluminous galaxies IRAS 14348-1447, IRAS 19254-7245, and IRAS 23128-5919 *
Cornell University, Astronomy Department, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
2 CEA/DSM/DAPNIA Service d'Astrophysique, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette, France
3 Max Planck Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, PO Box 1312, 85740 Garching, Germany
4 Instituto de Astronomía y Física del Espacio, Conicet, cc 67, suc 28. 1428 Buenos Aires, Argentina
5 European Southern Observatory, Karl-Schwarzschild-Str, 85748 Garching bei München, Germany
Corresponding author: V. Charmandaris, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 30 May 2002
We present a study of the three ultraluminous infrared galaxies IRAS 14348-1447, IRAS 19254-7245, and IRAS 23128-5919, based on mid-infrared (MIR) spectro-imaging (5–18 μm) observations performed with ISOCAM. We find that the MIR emission from each system, which consists of a pair of interacting late type galaxies, is principally confined to the nuclear regions with diameters of 1–2 kpc and can account for more than 95% of their IRAS 12 μm flux. In each interacting system, the galaxy hosting an active galactic nucleus (AGN) dominates the total spectrum and shows stronger dust continuum (12–16 μm) relative to the Unidentified Infrared Band (UIB) emission (6–9 μm), suggestive of its enhanced radiation field. The MIR dominant galaxy also exhibits elevated 15 μm/Hα and 15 μm/K ratios which trace the high extinction due to the large quantities of molecular gas and dust present in its central regions. Using only diagnostics based on our mid-infrared spectra, we can establish that the Seyfert galaxy IRAS 19254-7245 exhibits MIR spectral features of an AGN while the MIR spectrum of the Seyfert (or LINER) member of IRAS 23128-5919 is characteristic of dust emission principally heated by star forming regions.
Key words: galaxies: active / galaxies: individual: IRAS 14348-1447 / galaxies: individual: IRAS 19254-7245 / galaxies: individual: IRAS 23128-5919 / galaxies: interactions / infrared: galaxies
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