A Post-IRAS View of Active Galaxies

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Only a few percent of IRAS detected galaxies are clearly AGN. IRAS selected AGN samples are biased towards type 2 Seyferts, indicating the importance of dust absorption and re-emission. Most high luminosity IRAS galaxies appear to be starbursts rather than AGN, but a population of completely dust enshrouded AGN may be dominating at the very highest luminosities. A large minority (≡40%) of high luminosity IRAS galaxies appear to be in interacting or merging systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComets to Cosmology; Proceedings of the Third IRAS Conference
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 1987


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