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Title: The SCUBA-2 Cosmology Legacy Survey: blank-field number counts of 450-mu m-selected galaxies and their contribution to the cosmic infrared background
Authors: Geach, J. E.
Chapin, E. L.
Coppin, K. E. K.
Dunlop, J. S.
Halpern, M.
Smail, I.
van der Werf, P.
Serjeant, S.
Farrah, D.
Roseboom, I.
Targett, T.
Arumugam, V.
Asboth, V.
Blain, Andrew William
Chrysostomou, A.
Clarke, C.
Ivison, R. J.
Jones, S. L.
Karim, A.
Mackenzie, T.
Meijerink, R.
Michalowski, M. J.
Scott, D.
Simpson, J. M.
Swinbank, A. M.
Alexander, D. M.
Almaini, O.
Aretxaga, I.
Best, P.
Chapman, S.
Clements, D. L.
Conselice, C.
Danielson, A. L. R.
Eales, S.
Edge, A. C.
Gibb, A. G.
Hughes, D.
Jenness, T.
Knudsen, K. K.
Lacey, C. G.
Marsden, G.
McMahon, R.
Oliver, S. J.
Page, M. J.
Peacock, J. A.
Rigopoulou, D.
Robson, E. I.
Spaans, M.
Stevens, J.
Webb, T. M. A.
Willott, C.
Wilson, C. D.
Zemcov, M.
First Published: 19-Apr-2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Citation: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2013, 432 (1), pp. 53-61 (9)
Abstract: The first deep blank-field 450 μm map (1σ ≈ 1.3 mJy) from the Submillimetre Common-User Bolometer Array-2 SCUBA-2 Cosmology Legacy Survey (S2CLS), conducted with the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) is presented. Our map covers 140 arcmin[Superscript: 2] of the Cosmological Evolution Survey field, in the footprint of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Cosmic Assembly Near-Infrared Deep Extragalactic Legacy Survey. Using 60 submillimetre galaxies detected at ≥3.75σ, we evaluate the number counts of 450-μm-selected galaxies with flux densities S[Subscript: 450] > 5 mJy. The 8 arcsec JCMT beam and high sensitivity of SCUBA-2 now make it possible to directly resolve a larger fraction of the cosmic infrared background (CIB, peaking at λ ∼ 200 μm) into the individual galaxies responsible for its emission than has previously been possible at this wavelength. At S[Subscript: 450] > 5 mJy, we resolve (7.4 ± 0.7) × 10[Superscript: −2] MJy sr[Superscript: −1] of the CIB at 450 μm (equivalent to 16 ± 7 per cent of the absolute brightness measured by the Cosmic Background Explorer at this wavelength) into point sources. A further ∼40 per cent of the CIB can be recovered through a statistical stack of 24 μm emitters in this field, indicating that the majority (≈60 per cent) of the CIB at 450 μm is emitted by galaxies with S[Superscript: 450] > 2 mJy. The average redshift of 450 μm emitters identified with an optical/near-infrared counterpart is estimated to be 〈z〉 = 1.3, implying that the galaxies in the sample are in the ultraluminous class (LIR≈1.1×10[Superscript: 12]L⊙LIR≈1.1×10[Superscript: 12]L[Subscript: ⊙]). If the galaxies contributing to the statistical stack lie at similar redshifts, then the majority of the CIB at 450 μm is emitted by galaxies in the luminous infrared galaxy (LIRG) class with L[Subscript: IR] > 3.6 × 10[Superscript: 11] L[Subscript: ⊙].
DOI Link: 10.1093/mnras/stt352
ISSN: 0035-8711
eISSN: 1365-2966
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society © 2013 the authors. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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