Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
AzTEC half square degree survey of the SHADES fields - II. Identifications, redshifts, and evidence for large-scale Structure
Itziar Aretxaga
David Hughes
Acceso Abierto
Galaxies: distances and redshifts
Galaxies: evolution
Galaxies: high- redshift
Galaxies: stellar content
Cosmology: miscellaneous
Submillimetre: galaxies
The AzTEC 1.1mm survey of the two SCUBA HAlf Degree Extragalactic Survey (SHADES) fields is the largest (0.7 deg²) blank-field millimetre-wavelength survey un-dertaken to date at a resolution of ≃ 18 arcsec and a depth of ≃ 1mJy. We have used the deep optical-to-radio multi-wavelength data in the SHADES Lockman Hole East and SXDF/UDS fields to obtain galaxy identifications for ≃ 64% (≃ 80% including tentative identifications) of the 148 AzTEC-SHADES 1.1mm sources reported by Austermann et al. (2010), exploiting deep radio and 24 μm data complemented by methods based on 8 μm flux-density and red optical-infrared (𝑖 − K) colour. This unusually high identification rate can be attributed to the relatively bright millimetre-wavelength flux-density threshold, combined with the relatively deep supporting multi-frequency data now available in these two well-studied fields.We have further exploited the optical–mid-infrared–radio data to derive a ≃ 60% (≃ 75% including tentative identifications) complete redshift distribution for the AzTEC-SHADES sources, yield-ing a median redshift of z ≃ 2.2, with a high-redshift tail extending to at least z ≃ 4. Despite the larger area probed by the AzTEC survey relative to the original SCUBA SHADES imaging, the redshift distribution of the AzTEC sources is consistent with that displayed by the SCUBA sources, and reinforces tentative evidence that the red-shift distribution of mm/sub-mm sources in the Lockman Hole field is significantly different from that found in the SXDF/UDS field. Comparison with simulated surveys of similar scale extracted from semi-analytic models based on the Millennium simulation indicates that this is as expected if the mm/sub-mm sources are massive (M > 10¹¹Mꙩ) star-forming galaxies tracing large-scale structures over scales of 10–20Mpc. This confirms the importance of surveys covering several square degrees (as now underway with SCUBA2) to obtain representative samples of bright (sub)mm-selected galaxies. This work provides a foundation for the further exploitation of the Spitzer and Herschel data in the SHADES fields in the study of the stellar masses and specific star-formation rates of the most active star-forming galaxies in cosmic history.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Público en general
Michalowski, Michal J., et al., (2012), AzTEC half square degree survey of the SHADES fields - II. Identifications, redshifts, and evidence for large-scale Structure, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol. 426(3):1-53
Versión aceptada
acceptedVersion - Versión aceptada
Appears in Collections:Artículos de Astrofísica

Upload archives

File SizeFormat 
27 Aretxaga_2012_MNRAS426.pdf3.1 MBAdobe PDFView/Open