Disentangling star formation and AGN activity in the GAMA (G23) region
Marc, Harris Yao Fortune
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Observations of galaxies at di↵erent wavelengths have shaped our understanding of their formation and evolution through time. The commonly derived parameters, such as stellar mass and star formation rate (SFR), rely on the assumption that the radiation received is exclusively generated by the stars within the galaxy. This assumption is true for pure star-forming (SF) galaxies, but not in the presence of an active galactic nucleus (AGN). AGNs are structures that also radiate in the full electromagnetic spectrum, inducing additional flux to that emitted by stars. Their small sizes in comparison to the host galaxy (⌧1 %) generally make them invisible in galaxy images. AGNs come in many variations making the most powerful (e.g., quasi-stellar objects) easily identifiable, whereas others with much weaker signatures can be hidden in the total emission from the host. Therefore it is imperative to find accurate methods to separate and study the properties of AGNs versus pure SF galaxies.