We review the main advances brought by the Spitzer Space Telescope in the field of nearby galaxies studies, concentrating on a few subject areas, including: (1) the physics of the Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons that generate the mid–infrared features between 3.5 ìm and 20 ìm; (2) the use of the mid– and far–infrared emission from galaxies as star formation rate indicators; and (3) the improvement of mid–infrared diagnostics to discriminate between thermal (star–formation)and non–thermal (AGN) emission in galaxies and galaxy centers.
Calzetti, D, "Nearby Galaxies with Spitzer" (2010). Astronomy Department Faculty Publication Series. 962.
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