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      \(\textit{Herschel}\)-ATLAS:The connection between star formation and AGN activity in radio-loud and radio-quiet active galaxies

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          We examine the relationship between star formation and AGN activity by constructing matched samples of local (\(0<z<0.6\)) radio-loud and radio-quiet AGN in the \(\textit{Herschel}\)-ATLAS fields. Radio-loud AGN are classified as high-excitation and low-excitation radio galaxies (HERGs, LERGs) using their emission lines and \(\textit{WISE}\) 22-\(\mu\)m luminosity. AGN accretion and jet powers in these active galaxies are traced by [OIII] emission-line and radio luminosity, respectively. Star formation rates (SFRs) and specific star formation rates (SSFRs) were derived using \(\textit{Herschel}\) 250-\(\mu\)m luminosity and stellar mass measurements from the SDSS\(-\)MPA-JHU catalogue. In the past, star formation studies of AGN have mostly focused on high-redshift sources to observe the thermal dust emission that peaks in the far-infrared, which limited the samples to powerful objects. However, with \(\textit{Herschel}\) we can expand this to low redshifts. Our stacking analyses show that SFRs and SSFRs of both radio-loud and radio-quiet AGN increase with increasing AGN power but that radio-loud AGN tend to have lower SFR. Additionally, radio-quiet AGN are found to have approximately an order of magnitude higher SSFRs than radio-loud AGN for a given level of AGN power. The difference between the star formation properties of radio-loud and -quiet AGN is also seen in samples matched in stellar mass.

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          06 July 2015
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          10.1093/mnras/stv1502
          1507.01552

          http://arxiv.org/licenses/nonexclusive-distrib/1.0/

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          20 pages, 16 figures, accepted by MNRAS
          astro-ph.GA astro-ph.CO

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