Simulating theSpitzerMid‐Infrared Color‐Color Diagrams
We use a simple parameterization of the mid-IR spectra of a wide range of galaxy types in order to predict their distribution in the Infrared Array Camera (IRAC) 3.6um, 4.5um, 5.8um, and 8.0um and Multiband Photometer for Spitzer (MIPS) 24um color-color diagrams. We distinguish three basic spectral types by the energetically dominant component in the 3--12 micron regime: stellar-dominated; PAH-dominated; and continuum-dominated. We have used a Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) approach to arrive
... t a more systematic and robust representation of the mid-IR spectra of galaxies than more traditional approaches. We find that IRAC color-color plots are well suited to distinguishing the above spectral types, while the addition of 24 micron data allows us to suggest practical 3-color cuts which preferentially select higher redshift sources of specific type. We compare our simulations with the color-color plot obtained by the Spitzer First Look Survey (FLS) and find reasonable agreement. Lastly, we discuss other applications as well as future directions for this work.