Quantifying dust and the ultraviolet radiation density in the local Universe

  title={Quantifying dust and the ultraviolet radiation density in the local Universe},
  author={Michael Rowan-Robinson},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
  • M. Rowan-Robinson
  • Published 2 May 2003
  • Physics
  • Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
A sample of local galaxies for which far-infrared and ultraviolet fluxes are available is used to estimate the characteristic dust extinction in galaxies and to test whether standard dust properties are plausible. Assuming galaxies can be characterized by a single dust optical depth (certainly not valid for galaxies with a dominant starburst component), the infrared excess and ultraviolet colours of local galaxies are found to be consistent with normal Milky Way dust, with a mean value for E(B… 
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