Astron. J., 117, 2152-2167 (1999/May-0)
Hubble space telescope ultraviolet spectral energy distributions for three ultraluminous infrared galaxies.
TRENTHAM N., KORMENDY J. and SANDERS D.B.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present Hubble Space Telescope Faint Object Camera ultraviolet (λ=2300 Å, 1400 Å) images of three ultraluminous infrared galaxies (ULIGs: Lir>1012 L☉) selected from the IRAS Revised Bright Galaxy Sample. The purpose is to estimate spectral energy distributions (SEDs) to facilitate the identification of similar objects at high redshift in deep optical, infrared, and submillimeter surveys. All three galaxies, VII Zw 031 (=IRAS F05081+7936), IRAS F12112+0305, and IRAS F22491-1808, were well detected with the F220W filter. Two of the three were marginally detected with the F140W filter. The fluxes, together with ground-based optical and infrared photometry, are used to compute SEDs over a wide wavelength range. The measured SEDs drop from the optical to the ultraviolet, but the magnitude of the drop ranges from a factor of ∼3 in IRAS F22491-1808 to a factor of ∼100 in VII Zw 031. This is most likely due to different internal extinctions. Such an interpretation is also suggested by extrapolating to ultraviolet wavelengths the optical internal extinction measured in VII Zw 031. K-corrections are calculated to determine the colors of the sample galaxies as seen at high redshifts. Galaxies such as VII Zw 031 have very low observed rest-frame UV fluxes, which means that such galaxies at high redshift will be extremely red or even missing in optical surveys. On the other hand, galaxies such as IRAS F12112+0305 and IRAS F22491-1808, if seen at high redshift, would be sufficiently blue that they would not easily be distinguished from normal field galaxies and therefore, identified as ULIGs. The implication is then that submillimeter surveys may be the only means of properly identifying the majority of ULIGs at high redshift.
Galaxies: Formation - Galaxies: Fundamental Parameters - Galaxies: Photometry - Galaxies: Starburst - Infrared Radiation
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