Physical Properties of Spectroscopically-Confirmed Galaxies at z >= 6. I. Basic Characteristics of the Rest-Frame UV Continuum and Lyman-alpha emission

Дата и время публикации : 2013-02-28T21:39:11Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
Linhua Jiang
Eiichi Egami
Matthew Mechtley
Xiaohui Fan
Seth H. Cohen
Rogier A. Windhorst
Romeel Dave
Kristian Finlator
Nobunari Kashikawa
Masami Ouchi
Kazuhiro Shimasaku

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Коментарии к cтатье: ApJ Accepted (31 pages, 18 figures)
Первичная категория: astro-ph.CO

Все категории : astro-ph.CO

Краткий обзор статьи: We present deep HST near-IR and Spitzer mid-IR observations of a large sample of spectroscopically-confirmed galaxies at z >= 6. The sample consists of 51 Lyman-alpha emitters (LAEs) at z ~ 5.7, 6.5, and 7.0, and 16 Lyman-break galaxies (LBGs) at 5.9 < z < 6.5. The near-IR images were mostly obtained with WFC3 in the F125W and F160W bands, and the mid-IR images were obtained with IRAC in the 3.6um and 4.5um bands. Our galaxies also have deep optical imaging data from Subaru Suprime-Cam. We utilize the multi-band data and secure redshifts to derive their rest-frame UV properties. These galaxies have steep UV continuum slopes roughly between beta ~ -1.5 and -3.5, with an average value of beta ~ -2.3, slightly steeper than the slopes of LBGs in previous studies. The slope shows little dependence on UV continuum luminosity except for a few of the brightest galaxies. We find a statistically significant excess of galaxies with slopes around beta ~ -3, suggesting the existence of very young stellar populations with extremely low metallicity and dust content. Our galaxies have moderately strong rest-frame Lyman-alpha equivalent width (EW) in a range of ~10 to ~200 AA. The star-formation rates are also moderate, from a few to a few tens solar masses per year. The LAEs and LBGs in this sample share many common properties, implying that LAEs represent a subset of LBGs with strong Lyman-alpha emission. Finally, the comparison of the UV luminosity functions between LAEs and LBGs suggests that there exists a substantial population of faint galaxies with weak Lyman-alpha emission (EW < 20 AA) that could be the dominant contribution to the total ionizing flux at z >= 6.

Category: Physics