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luminous infrared galaxy

(a galaxy emitting a lot of far-infrared light)

A luminous infrared galaxy (LIRG) is a galaxy emitting more than 1011 times solar luminosity in the far infrared.

They are often a starburst galaxy and/or have an active galactic nucleus or a quasar. The relatively high infrared stems from dust heated by the electromagnetic radiation (EMR) of the AGN or star formation (SF), re-emitting the EMR in a cooler (infrared-intensive) black body spectrum, that can exceed the directly-viewed emission from the star formation or AGN. Generally, the higher the IR, the higher the star formation rate (SFR). LIRGs are among the brightest objects in the universe. Variations:

(galaxy type,infrared)

Referenced by:
hyperluminous infrared galaxy (HLIRG)
ultraluminous infrared galaxy (ULIRG)