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Caroline Herschel Distinguished Lectures

GOALS: The Great Observatories All-sky LIRG Survey

Presented by: Aaron Evans  (University of Virginia/NRAO)
Category: Science Colloquia   Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes   Broadcast date: March 27, 2013
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Luminous Infrared Galaxies (LIRGs) are observed primarily to be interacting and merging galaxies. They are the sites of rampant star formation and active galactic nuclei (AGN), which are fed by abundant supplies of molecular gas. However, the very property that led to their initial discovery by IRAS as a significant galaxy population - their high infrared luminosity - also makes them difficult to study; the majority of the UV and optical light from young, massive stars and AGN is absorbed by obscuring dust and re-emitted in the infrared. The Great Observatories All-sky LIRGs Survey thus makes use of the diversity in wavelength coverage of the present space-based telescopes to probe the activity in a large (~ 100 - 200), flux-limited sample of LIRGs from the Revised Bright Galaxy Sample (RBGS). The majority of the talk will be devoted to discussing the survey as a whole. The latter part of the talk will be focused specifically on a GOALS analysis of NGC 2623.