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Stellar Populations in Active Galaxies

Authors
  • Fernandes, Roberto Cid
Type
Preprint
Publication Date
May 27, 2004
Submission Date
May 27, 2004
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1017/S1743921304001747
arXiv ID: astro-ph/0405561
Source
arXiv
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Abstract

The role of stars and starbursts in AGN has been a recurring issue for nearly as long as AGN have been recognized as hosts of interesting phenomena. The heated ``starburst X monster'' controversy of the 80's and 90's was gradually replaced by ``starburst plus monster'' studies, as observational work in the past decade has firmly established that accretion onto a super-massive black-hole and star-formation coexist in many galactic nuclei. Whereas the physical link between starbursts and AGN remains unclear, there remains no doubt that starbursts affect a number of properties traditionally associated to the AGN alone, such as the so called ``featureless continuum'', emission line ratios and luminosities. This contribution glosses over some of the techniques used to diagnose stellar populations in AGN, focusing on recent results and how this type of work can lead us well beyond what became known as the starburst-AGN connection.

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