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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
Pages (from-to)4320-4333
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Journal publication date17 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - 17 Apr 2019


Feedback processes from active galactic nuclei (AGN) are thought to play a crucial role in regulating star formation in massive galaxies. Previous studies using \textit{Herschel} have resulted in conflicting conclusions as to whether star formation is quenched, enhanced, or not affected by AGN feedback. We use new deep 850 $\mu$m observations from the SCUBA-2 Cosmology Legacy survey (S2CLS) to investigate star formation in a sample of X-ray selected AGN, probing galaxies up to $L_{0.5-7~\rm keV} = 10^{46}$ erg s$^{-1}$. Here we present the results of our analysis on a sample of 1957 galaxies at $ 1 <z <3 $, using both S2CLS and ancilliary data at seven additional wavelengths (24--500 \mcm) from \textit{Herschel} and \textit{Spitzer}. We perform a stacking analysis, binning our sample by redshift and X-ray luminosity. By fitting analytical spectral energy distributions (SEDs) to decompose contributions from cold and warm dust, we estimate star-formation rates for each `average' source. We find that the average AGN in our sample resides in a star-forming host galaxy, with SFRs ranging from 80 - 600 $M_{\odot}$ year$^{-1}$. Within each redshift bin, we see no trend of SFR with X-ray luminosity, instead finding a flat distribution of SFR across $\sim$3 orders of magnitude of AGN luminosity. By studying instantaneous X-ray luminosities and SFRs, we find no evidence that AGN activity affects star formation in host galaxies.


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