2010A&A...511A..20C


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2010A&A...511A..20C - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 511, A20-20 (2010/2-2)

Evidence of a fast evolution of the UV luminosity function beyond redshift 6 from a deep HAWK-I survey of the GOODS-S field.

CASTELLANO M., FONTANA A., BOUTSIA K., GRAZIAN A., PENTERICCI L., BOUWENS R., DICKINSON M., GIAVALISCO M., SANTINI P., CRISTIANI S., FIORE F., GALLOZZI S., GIALLONGO E., MAIOLINO R., MANNUCCI F., MENCI N., MOORWOOD A., NONINO M., PARIS D., RENZINI A., ROSATI P., SALIMBENI S., TESTA V. and VANZELLA E.

Abstract (from CDS):

We perform a deep search for galaxies in the redshift range 6.5≤z≤7.5, to measure the evolution of the number density of luminous galaxies in this redshift range and derive useful constraints on the evolution of their luminosity function. We present here the first results of an ESO Large Programme, which exploits the unique combination of area and sensitivity provided in the near-IR by the camera Hawk-I at the VLT. We have obtained two Hawk-I pointings on the GOODS South field for a total of ∼32 observing hours, covering ∼90arcmin2. The images reach Y=26.7mag for the two fields. We used public ACS images in the z band to select z-dropout galaxies with the colour criteria Z-Y≥1, Y-J<1.5, and Y-K<2. The other public data in the UBVRIJK bands are used to reject possible low redshift interlopers. The output has been compared with extensive Monte Carlo simulations to quantify the observational effects of our selection criteria, as well as the effects of photometric errors. We detect 7 high-quality candidates in the magnitude range Y=25.5-26.7. This interval samples the critical range for M* at z>6 (M1500≃-19.5 to -21.5). After accounting for the expected incompleteness, we rule out a luminosity function constant from z=6 to z=7 at a 99% confidence level, even including the effects of cosmic variance. For galaxies brighter than M1500=-19.0, we derive a luminosity density ρUV=1.5+2.0–0.9x1025erg/s/Hz/Mpc3, implying a decrease by a factor 3.5 from z=6 to z≃6.8. On the basis of our findings, we make predictions for the surface densities expected in future surveys, based on ULTRA-VISTA, HST-WFC3, or JWST-NIRCam, evaluating the best observational strategy to maximise their impact.

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Journal keyword(s): galaxies: distances and redshifts - galaxies: high-redshift - galaxies: luminosity function, mass function - galaxies: evolution

Nomenclature: Table 1, Text: [CFB2010] GN NNNN N=7+2.

Simbad objects: 14

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Number of rows : 14
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
RA
ICRS (J2000)
DEC
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2023
#notes
1 [BIO2015] ERSI-2160043014 G 03 32 16.00 -27 43 01.4         27.68 ~ 10 0
2 ZFOURGE CDFS 24656 G 03 32 17.4179 -27 43 43.192           ~ 8 0
3 HRG14 J033222.66-274300.6 G 03 32 22.66 -27 43 00.7         27.28 ~ 18 0
4 NAME CDFS 3223-4627 G 03 32 25.1100 -27 46 35.674           ~ 9 0
5 [BIO2015] ERSZ-2252843241 G 03 32 25.28 -27 43 24.2           ~ 8 0
6 ZFOURGE CDFS 9934 G 03 32 25.444 -27 50 53.37           ~ 9 0
7 NAME GOODS Southern Field reg 03 32 28.0 -27 48 30           ~ 1238 1
8 [BIO2011] ERSz-2295342044 G 03 32 29.54 -27 42 04.5           ~ 16 0
9 [BIO2015] GSDZ-2360044417 G 03 32 36.00 -27 44 41.7           ~ 11 0
10 [CFB2010] G1 149 G 03 32 37.689 -27 55 50.55           ~ 1 0
11 EIS-DEEP CDFS-4 J 1 1349 G 03 32 38.8006 -27 49 53.656           ~ 18 0
12 UDF 34987 G 03 32 42.562 -27 46 56.61         28.13 ~ 42 0
13 [BIO2011] UDFz-42567314 G 03 32 42.564 -27 47 31.41           ~ 30 0
14 ZFOURGE CDFS 11502 G 03 32 46.89 -27 50 07.4           ~ 8 0

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