Spitzer Uncovers Active Galactic Nuclei Missed by Optical Surveys in Seven Late-Type Galaxies

@article{Satyapal2008SpitzerUA,
  title={Spitzer Uncovers Active Galactic Nuclei Missed by Optical Surveys in Seven Late-Type Galaxies},
  author={Shobita Satyapal and Devin Vega and Rachel P. Dudik and N. P. Abel and Timothy M. Heckman},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2008},
  volume={677},
  pages={926 - 942}
}
We report the discovery using Spitzer's high-resolution spectrograph of seven active galactic nuclei (AGNs) in a sample of 32 late-type galaxies that show no definitive signatures of AGNs in their optical spectra. These observations suggest that the AGN detection rate in late-type galaxies is possibly 4 times larger than what optical spectroscopic observations alone suggest. We demonstrate using photoionization models with an input AGN and an extreme UV-bright starburst ionizing radiation field… 

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