IRAS Observations of Active Galaxies

  • G. Neugebauer
  • B. T. Soifer
  • M. Rowan-Robinson
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 121)


The IRAS survey gives an unbiased view of the infrared properties of the active galaxies. Seyfert galaxies occupy much the same area in color-color plots as do normal infrared bright galaxies, but extend the range towards flatter 60–25 µm slopes. Statistically the Seyfert 1 galaxies can be distinguished from the Seyfert 2 galaxies, lying predominantly closer to the area with constant slopes between 25 and 100 µm. The infrared measurements of the Seyfert galaxies cannot distinguish between the emission mechanisms in these objects although they agree with the currently popular ideas; they do provide a measure of the total luminosity of the Seyferts. The quasar’s position in the color-color diagrams continue the trend of the Seyferts. The quasar 3C48 is shown to be exceptional among the radio loud quasars in that it has a high infrared luminosity which dominates the power output of the quasar and is most likely associated with the underlying host galaxy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Neugebauer
    • 1
  • B. T. Soifer
    • 1
  • M. Rowan-Robinson
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Physics, Mathematics and AstronomyCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Applied MathematicsQueen Mary CollegeLondonEngland

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