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dc.contributor.authorGalvin, T.
dc.contributor.authorSeymour, Nick
dc.contributor.authorMarvil, J.
dc.contributor.authorFilipovic, M.
dc.contributor.authorTothill, N.
dc.contributor.authorMcDermid, R.
dc.contributor.authorHurley-Walker, Natasha
dc.contributor.authorHancock, Paul
dc.contributor.authorCallingham, J.
dc.contributor.authorCook, R.
dc.contributor.authorNorris, R.
dc.contributor.authorBell, M.
dc.contributor.authorDwarakanath, K.
dc.contributor.authorFor, B.
dc.contributor.authorGaensler, B.
dc.contributor.authorHindson, L.
dc.contributor.authorJohnston-Hollitt, Melanie
dc.contributor.authorKapinska, A.
dc.contributor.authorLenc, E.
dc.contributor.authorMcKinley, B.
dc.contributor.authorMorgan, John
dc.contributor.authorOffringa, A.
dc.contributor.authorProcopio, P.
dc.contributor.authorStaveley-Smith, L.
dc.contributor.authorWayth, Randall
dc.contributor.authorWu, C.
dc.contributor.authorZheng, Q.
dc.identifier.citationGalvin, T. and Seymour, N. and Marvil, J. and Filipovic, M. and Tothill, N. and McDermid, R. and Hurley-Walker, N. et al. 2018. The spectral energy distribution of powerful starburst galaxies - I. Modelling the radio continuum. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 474 (1): pp. 779-799.

We have acquired radio-continuum data between 70 MHz and 48 GHz for a sample of 19 southern starburst galaxies at moderate redshifts (0.067 < z < 0.227) with the aim of separating synchrotron and free–free emission components. Using a Bayesian framework, we find the radio continuum is rarely characterized well by a single power law, instead often exhibiting low-frequency turnovers below 500 MHz, steepening at mid to high frequencies, and a flattening at high frequencies where free–free emission begins to dominate over the synchrotron emission. These higher order curvature components may be attributed to free–free absorption across multiple regions of star formation with varying optical depths. The decomposed synchrotron and free–free emission components in our sample of galaxies form strong correlations with the total-infrared bolometric luminosities. Finally, we find that without accounting for free–free absorption with turnovers between 90 and 500 MHz the radio continuum at low frequency (ν < 200 MHz) could be overestimated by upwards of a factor of 12 if a simple power-law extrapolation is used from higher frequencies. The mean synchrotron spectral index of our sample is constrained to be α = −1.06, which is steeper than the canonical value of −0.8 for normal galaxies. We suggest this may be caused by an intrinsically steeper cosmic ray distribution.

dc.publisherOxford University Press
dc.titleThe spectral energy distribution of powerful starburst galaxies - I. Modelling the radio continuum
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©: 2017 The Author(s). Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.

curtin.departmentCurtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (Physics)
curtin.accessStatusOpen access

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