A test of the association of infrared activity with bars

Stephen M. Pompea, G. H. Rieke

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The hypothesis that high far-infrared luminosities in noninteracting galaxies are dependent on material fed into their nuclei or into circumnuclear rings along bars can be tested by near-infrared imaging. Except in extreme starbursts, the near-infrared emission arises from the stars that dominate the mass of the stellar populations; moreover, the effects of interstellar extinction are greatly reduced at these wavelengths compared with

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)416-429
Number of pages14
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 20 1990


  • Galaxies: structures
  • Infrared: sources

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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