A TALE OF THREE GALAXIES: ANOMALOUS DUST PROPERTIES IN IRAS F10398+1455, IRAS F21013–0739, AND SDSS J0808+3948
Astrophysical Journal Letters
On a galactic scale the 9.7um silicate emission is usually only seen in type 1 active galactic nuclei (AGNs). They usually also display a flat emission continuum at ~5--8um and the absence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) emission bands. In contrast, starburst galaxies, luminous infrared (IR) galaxies (LIRGs), and ultraluminous IR galaxies (ULIRGs) exhibit a red 5--8um emission continuum, strong 10um and 18um silicate absorption features, and strong PAH emission bands. Here we report
... . Here we report the detection of anomalous dust properties by Spitzer/Infrared Spectrograph in three galaxies (IRASF10398+1455, IRASF21013-0739 and SDSSJ0808+3948) which are characterized by the simultaneous detection of a red 5--8um emission continuum, the 9.7 and 18um silicate emission features as well as strong PAH emission bands. These apparently contradictory dust IR emission properties are discussed in terms of iron-poor silicate composition, carbon dust deficit, small grain size and low dust temperature in the young AGN phase of these three galaxies.