Dust in Starburst Galaxies: From the Ultraviolet to the Near Infrared
A study of the dust reddening in starburst galaxies is presented. The wavelength dependence of the dust extinction is exploited by using multiwavelength data (ultraviolet, optical, and near infrared) to investigate the effects of dust on the emerging radiation. The main conclusion is that dust foreground to the starburst region (but not necessarily foreground to the galaxy) can account for most of the reddening. This simple configuration doesn’t need to correspond to a physical distribution of the dust inside the starburst region; it is a convenient way to correct the radiation from galaxies for the effects of obscuration.
KeywordsStar Formation Stellar Population Physical Distribution Starburst Galaxy Dust Extinction
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