The Great Observatories All-Sky LIRG Survey: Herschel Image Atlas and Aperture Photometry

April 2017 • 2017ApJS..229...25C

Authors • Chu, Jason K. • Sanders, D. B. • Larson, K. L. • Mazzarella, J. M. • Howell, J. H. • Díaz-Santos, T. • Xu, K. C. • Paladini, R. • Schulz, B. • Shupe, D. • Appleton, P. • Armus, L. • Billot, N. • Chan, B. H. P. • Evans, A. S. • Fadda, D. • Frayer, D. T. • Haan, S. • Ishida, C. M. • Iwasawa, K. • Kim, D. -C. • Lord, S. • Murphy, E. • Petric, A. • Privon, G. C. • Surace, J. A. • Treister, E.

Abstract • Far-infrared images and photometry are presented for 201 Luminous and Ultraluminous Infrared Galaxies [LIRGs: log ({L}{IR}/{L})=11.00{--}11.99, ULIRGs: log ({L}{IR}/{L})=12.00{--}12.99], in the Great Observatories All-Sky LIRG Survey (GOALS), based on observations with the Herschel Space Observatory Photodetector Array Camera and Spectrometer (PACS) and the Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver (SPIRE) instruments. The image atlas displays each GOALS target in the three PACS bands (70, 100, and 160 μm) and the three SPIRE bands (250, 350, and 500 μm), optimized to reveal structures at both high and low surface brightness levels, with images scaled to simplify comparison of structures in the same physical areas of ∼100 × 100 kpc2. Flux densities of companion galaxies in merging systems are provided where possible, depending on their angular separation and the spatial resolution in each passband, along with integrated system fluxes (sum of components). This data set constitutes the imaging and photometric component of the GOALS Herschel OT1 observing program, and is complementary to atlases presented for the Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope, and Chandra X-ray Observatory. Collectively, these data will enable a wide range of detailed studies of active galactic nucleus and starburst activity within the most luminous infrared galaxies in the local universe.

Based on Herschel Space Observatory observations. Herschel is an ESA space observatory with science instruments provided by the European-led Principal Investigator consortia, and important participation from NASA.


IPAC Authors


Phil Appleton

Senior Scientist


Lee Armus

Senior Scientist

Joe Mazzarella

Senior Scientist


Roberta Paladini

Senior Research Scientist

Dave Shupe

Senior Scientist