Properties and Expected Number Counts of Active Galactic Nuclei and their Hosts in the Far Infrared

Дата и время публикации : 2011-01-18T20:09:58Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
Aden R. Draper
David R. Ballantyne

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Коментарии к cтатье: Accepted ApJ
Первичная категория: astro-ph.CO

Все категории : astro-ph.CO

Краткий обзор статьи: Telescopes like Herschel and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) are creating new opportunities to study sources in the far infrared (FIR), a wavelength region dominated by cold dust emission. Probing cold dust in active galaxies allows for study of the star formation history of active galactic nuclei (AGN) hosts. The FIR is also an important spectral region for observing AGN which are heavily enshrouded by dust, such as Compton thick AGN. By using information from deep X-ray surveys and cosmic X-ray background synthesis models, we compute Cloudy photoionization simulations which are used to predict the spectral energy distribution (SED) of AGN in the FIR. Expected differential number counts of AGN and their host galaxies are calculated in the Herschel bands. The expected contribution of AGN and their hosts to the cosmic infrared background (CIRB) and the infrared luminosity density are also computed. Multiple star formation scenarios are investigated using a modified blackbody star formation SED. It is found that FIR observations at ~500 um are an excellent tool in determining the star formation history of AGN hosts. Additionally, the AGN contribution to the CIRB can be used to determine whether star formation in AGN hosts evolves differently than in normal galaxies. The contribution of Compton thick AGN to the bright end differential number counts and to the bright source infrared luminosity density is a good test of AGN evolution models where quasars are triggered by major mergers.

Category: Physics