Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 390, 336-348 (2008/October-2)
Mid-Infrared spectroscopic properties of ultra-luminous infrared quasars.
CAO C., XIA X.Y., WU H., MAO S., HAO C.N. and DENG Z.G.
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We analyse mid-infrared (MIR) spectroscopic properties for 19 ultra-luminous infrared quasars (IR QSOs) in the local Universe based on the spectra from the IR Spectrograph on board the Spitzer Space Telescope. The MIR properties of IR QSOs are compared with those of optically selected Palomar-Green QSOs (PG QSOs) and ultra-luminous infrared galaxies (ULIRGs). The average MIR spectral features from ∼5 to 30µm, including the spectral slopes, 6.2µm polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) emission strengths and [Neii] 12.81µm luminosities of IR QSOs, differ from those of PG QSOs. In contrast, IR QSOs and ULIRGs have comparable PAH and [Neii] luminosities. These results are consistent with IR QSOs being at a transitional stage from ULIRGs to classical QSOs. We also find that the colour index α(30, 15) is a good indicator of the relative contribution of starbursts to active galactic nuclei (AGNs) for all QSOs. Correlations between the [Neii] 12.81µm and PAH 6.2µm luminosities and those between the [Neii], PAH with 60µm luminosities for ULIRGs and IR QSOs indicate that both [Neii] and PAH luminosities are approximate star-formation rate indicators for IR QSOs and starburst-dominated galaxies; the scatters are, however, quite large (∼0.7-0.8 dex). Finally, the correlation between the equivalent widths (EW; PAH 6.2µm) and outflow velocities suggests that star-formation activities are suppressed by feedback from AGNs and/or supernovae.
© 2008 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2008 RAS
galaxies: active - galaxies: evolution - galaxies: interactions - quasars: general - infrared: galaxies
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