Publications by Aprajita Verma

Herschel observations and a model for IRAS 08572+3915: A candidate for the most luminous infrared galaxy in the local (z < 0.2) Universe

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters 437 (2013)

A Efstathiou, C Pearson, D Farrah, D Rigopoulou, J Gracía-Carpio, A Verma, HWW Spoon, J Afonso, J Bernard-Salas, DL Clements, A Cooray, D Cormier, M Etxaluze, J Fischer, E Gonźalez-Alfonso, P Hurley, V Lebouteiller, SJ Oliver, M Rowan-Robinson, E Sturm

We present Herschel photometry and spectroscopy, carried out as part of the Herschel ultraluminous infrared galaxy (ULIRG) survey, and a model for the infrared to submillimetre emission of the ULIRG IRAS 08572+3915. This source shows one of the deepest known silicate absorption features and no polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon emission. The model suggests that this object is powered by an active galactic nucleus (AGN) with a fairly smooth torus viewed almost edge-on and a very young starburst. According to our model, the AGN contributes about 90 per cent of the total luminosity of 1.1 × 1013 L⊙, which is about a factor of 5 higher than previous estimates. The large correction of the luminosity is due to theanisotropy of the emission of the best-fitting torus. Similar corrections may be necessary for other local and high-z analogues. This correction implies that IRAS 08572+3915 at a redshift of 0.058 35 may be the nearest hyperluminous infrared galaxy and probably the most luminous infrared galaxy in the local (z < 0.2) Universe. IRAS 08572+3915 shows a low ratio of [C II] to IR luminosity (log L[C II]/LIR < -3.8) and a [OI]63 μm to [CII]158 μm line ratio of about 1 that supports the model presented in this Letter ©2013 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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