AAS 204th Meeting, June 2004
Session 44 Active Galaxies
Poster, Tuesday, June 1, 2004, 10:00am-7:00pm, Ballroom

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[44.11] [OI 63] Micron Emission from High- and Low-Luminosity AGN Galaxies

D.A. Dale (U. Wyoming), G. Helou (Caltech)

The Infrared Space Observatory was used to search for a tracer of the warm and dense neutral interstellar medium, the [O~I]~63.18~micron line, in four ultraluminous IRAS sources lying at redshifts between 0.6 and 1.4. While these sources are quasars, their infrared continuum emission suggests a substantial interstellar medium. No [O~I] flux was securely detected after probing down to a 3\sigma sensitivity level sufficient for detecting line emission in starbursts with similar continuum emission. However, if the detection threshold is slightly relaxed, one target is detected with 2.7\sigma significance. For this radio-quiet quasar there is likely a substantial dense and warm interstellar medium; the upper limits for the three radio-loud sources do not preclude the same conclusion. Using a new, uniformly-processed database of the ISO extragalactic far-infrared spectroscopy observations, it is shown that nearby Seyfert galaxies typically have higher [O~I]-to-far-infrared ratios than do normal star-forming galaxies, so the lack of strong [O~I]~63~micron emission from these high-redshift ultraluminous sources cannot be attributed to their active cores.

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