Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar
Does the Far-IR Trace the Star Formation Rate in Distant AGNs?
Presented by William Langer
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Monday, September 21, 2015
12:00 noon in 169-336
The history of star formation over cosmic time is an important part of understanding galactic evolution. To measure the star formation rate in distant galaxies, we rely on spectral line and continuum dust tracers of the input of stellar energy into the interstellar medium. However, the relationships that appear to work in normal galaxies break down in many active galactic nuclei (AGN). I will discuss a number of radiation and dynamical processes that may explain the observations of AGN.