In order to understand the links between black hole growth and galaxy evolution it is crucial to have a “clean” indicator of the star formation activity in host galaxies of active galactic nuclei (AGN). The thermal far-infrared continuum emission has been proposed as such an indicator, however recent work by the Sheffield group has suggested that a substantial proportion of the far-IR continuum may radiated by kpc-scale dust that is heated by the AGN rather than by regions of star formation. This observational project will use deep observations taken with the HST, Spitzer, Herschel and ALMA telescopes to directly quantify the contribution of AGN heated dust at far-IR wavelengths, and hence assess whether the far-IR continuum is truly a good indicator of star formation activity in AGN host galaxies.
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