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Paper: Global Star Formation and Mid-Infrared Emission Features in Galaxies
Volume: 381, The Second Annual Spitzer Science Center Conference: Infrared Diagnostics of Galaxy Evolution
Page: 46
Authors: Lu, N.; Helou, G.
Abstract: In view of the controversy as to whether the global aromatic features in emission (AFEs) can be used as a robust tracer of the current star formation in normal galaxies, we have constructed a simple two-temperature dust emission model consisting of a cold (diffuse) component of 20K and a warm component associated with star-forming regions. Based on a large sample of star-forming galaxies with available homogeneous IRAS infrared and SCUBA sub-mm fluxes, we show that both these dust components contribute to the global AFE emission. Only for very active star-forming galaxies (e.g., with IRAS fν(60 μm)/fν(100 μm) > 0.6), does the star-forming component become dominant. We show that our model predictions are consistent with the Spitzer archival data in the case of the nearby galaxy NGC6946.
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