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Spitzer Observations of Tidal Dwarf Galaxies
Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union
  • Sarah J.U. Higdon, Georgia Southern Universtiy
  • James L. Higdon, Georgia Southern Universtiy
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We present Spitzer observations of Tidal Dwarf Galaxies (TDGs) in three interacting systems: NGC 5291, Arp 105 & Stephan’s Quintet. The spectra show bright emission from polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), nebular lines and warm molecular hydrogen, characteristic of recent episodes of star formation. The PAH emission that falls in the IRAC 8.0 µm band leads to the TDGs having an extremely red IRAC color, with [4.5] − [8.0] > 3. The emission from PAHs is characterized by a model with mainly neutral 100-C PAH atoms.

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Sarah J.U. Higdon and James L. Higdon. "Spitzer Observations of Tidal Dwarf Galaxies" Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union Vol. 3 (2008) p. 433 - 434
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