Volume 432, Number 2, March III 2005
|Page(s)||423 - 429|
|Published online||02 March 2005|
Mid-infrared luminosity as an indicator of the total infrared luminosity of galaxies *
Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille, Traverse du Siphon, BP8, 13376 Marseille Cedex 12, France e-mail: [tsutomu.takeuchi;veronique.buat;jorge.iglesias;alessandro.boselli; denis.brugarella]@oamp.fr
Accepted: 2 November 2004
The infrared (IR) emission plays a crucial role in understanding the star formation in galaxies hidden by dust. We first examined four estimators of the IR luminosity of galaxies, LFIR [CITE], LTIR [CITE], revised version of LTIR [CITE] (we denote LTIR2), and LIR [CITE] by using the observed SEDs of well-known galaxies. We found that LIR provides excellent estimates of the total IR luminosity for a variety of galaxy SEDs. The performance of LTIR2 was also found to be very good. Using LIR, we then statistically analyzed the IRAS PSCz galaxy sample [CITE] and found useful formulae relating the MIR monochromatic luminosities [ and ] and LIR. For this purpose we constructed a subsample of 1420 galaxies with all four IRAS band (12, 25, 60, and m) flux densities. We found linear relations between LIR and MIR luminosities, and . The prediction error with a 95% confidence level is a factor of 4–5. Hence, these formulae are useful for the estimation of the total IR luminosity only from m or m observations. We further tried to make an “interpolation” formula for galaxies at . For this purpose we construct the formula of the relation between 15-μm luminosity and the total IR luminosity. We conclude that the 15-μm formula can be used as an estimator of the total IR luminosity from m observation of galaxies at .
Key words: dust, extinction / galaxies: statistics / infrared: galaxies / methods: statistical
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