The Great Observatories All-sky LIRG Survey (GOALS), is combining imaging and spectroscopic data from NASA's Spitzer, Hubble, Chandra and GALEX space-borne observatories in a comprehensive study of over 200 of the most luminous infrared-selected galaxies in the local Universe. The sample consists of approximately 180 Luminous Infrared Galaxies (LIRGs), which are systems with total infrared emission brighter than 1011 L and less than 1012 L, as well as over 20 Ultra-Luminous Infrared Galaxies (ULIRGs) with luminosity of 1012 L or greater. The objects are a complete subset of the IRAS Revised Bright Galaxy Sample (RBGS), which comprises 629 extragalactic objects with 60-micron flux densities above 5.24 Jy and Galactic latitude above five degrees. The RBGS objects, all with redshifts, z < 0.088, are the brightest 60-micron sources in the extragalactic sky. The LIRGs and ULIRGs targeted in GOALS span the full range of nuclear spectral types (type-1 and type-2 AGN, LINERs, and starbursts) and interaction stages (major mergers, minor mergers, and isolated galaxies). They provide an unbiased picture of the processes responsible for enhanced infrared emission in the local Universe, and are excellent analogs for comparisons with infrared and sub-millimeter selected galaxies at high-redshift.

  • A paper by Nanyao Lu presenting the first results of a survey of the mid-J CO emission lines in the GOALS sample using Herschel/SPIRE has just been accepted for publication in the ApJ. A link to this work can be found in the Publications page.
  • Kevin C. Xu has recently publised a paper on the ApJ exploring the kinematical properties of the gas and dust in the nucleus of the Luminous Infrared Galaxy NGC 0034 using ALMA Cycle 0 observations. See the Publications page for detail.
  • A paper by Hanae Inami presenting the Spitzer/IRS high-res lines in comparison to starburst models has been accepted for publication in the ApJ. A link to the data can be found on the Publication page.