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1999MNRAS.308.1096L - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 308, 1096-1116 (1999/October-1)

Optical spectroscopy of two overlapping, flux-density-limited samples of radio sources in the North Ecliptic Cap, selected at 38 and 151 MHz.


Abstract (from CDS):

We present the results of optical spectroscopy of two flux-density-limited samples of radio sources selected at frequencies of 38 and 151MHz in the same region around the North Ecliptic Cap, the 8C-NEC and 7C-iii samples respectively. Both samples are selected at flux density levels ~20 times fainter than samples based on the 3C catalogue. They are amongst the first low-frequency selected samples with no spectral or angular size selection for which almost complete redshift information has been obtained, and contain many of the lowest-luminosity z>2 radio galaxies so far discovered. They will therefore provide a valuable resource for understanding the cosmic evolution of radio sources and their hosts and environments. The 151-MHz 7C-iii sample is selected to have S151≥0.5Jy and is the more spectroscopically complete; out of 54 radio sources fairly reliable redshifts have been obtained for 44 objects. The 8C sample has a flux limit of S38≥1.3Jy and contains 58 sources of which 46 have fairly reliable redshifts. We discuss possible biases in the observed redshift distribution, and some interesting individual objects, including a number of cases of probable gravitational lensing. Using the 8C-NEC and 7C-iii samples in conjunction, we form the first sample selected on low-frequency flux in the rest-frame of the source, rather than the usual selection on flux density in the observed frame. This allows us to remove the bias associated with an increasing rest-frame selection frequency with redshift. We investigate the difference this selection makes to correlations of radio source properties with redshift and luminosity by comparing the results from traditional flux-density selection with our new method. We show in particular that flux-density-based selection leads to an overestimate of the steepness of the correlation of radio source size with redshift.

Abstract Copyright: 1999, Royal Astronomical Society

Journal keyword(s): galaxies: active - galaxies: evolution - gravitational lensing - radio continuum: galaxies

Simbad objects: 157

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