Global star formation rate density over 0.7 < z < 1.9.
SHIM H., COLBERT J., TEPLITZ H., HENRY A., MALKAN M., McCARTHY P. and YAN L.
Abstract (from CDS):
We determine the global star formation rate (SFR) density at 0.7 < z < 1.9 using emission-line-selected galaxies identified in Hubble Space Telescope-Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrograph (HST-NICMOS) grism spectroscopy observations. Observing in a pure parallel mode throughout HST Cycles 12 and 13, our survey covers ∼104 arcmin2 from which we select 80 galaxies with likely redshifted Hα emission lines. In several cases, a somewhat weaker [O III] doublet emission is also detected. The Hα luminosity range of the emission-line galaxy sample is 4.4x1041 < L(Hα) < 1.5x1043 erg/s. In this range, the luminosity function is well described by a Schechter function with φ* = (4.24±3.55)x10–3/Mpc3, L* = (2.88±1.58)x1042 erg/s, and α = -1.39±0.43. We derive a volume-averaged SFR density of 0.138±0.058 M☉/yr/Mpc3 at z = 1.4 without an extinction correction. Subdividing the redshift range, we find SFR densities of 0.088±0.056 M☉/yr/Mpc3 at z = 1.1 and 0.265±0.174 M☉/yr/Mpc3 at z = 1.6. The overall star formation rate density is consistent with previous studies using Hα when the same average extinction correction is applied, confirming that the cosmic peak of star formation occurs at z > 1.5.
galaxies: evolution - galaxies: high-redshift - galaxies: luminosity function, mass function - galaxies: starburst
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