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The Hα Luminosity Function of Galaxies at z ∼ 4.5

Bollo, V, González, V, Stefanon, M, Oesch, PA, Bouwens, RJ, Smit, R, Illingworth, GD and Labbé, I (2023) The Hα Luminosity Function of Galaxies at z ∼ 4.5. Astrophysical Journal, 946 (2). p. 117. ISSN 0004-637X

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We present the Hα luminosity function (LF) derived from a large sample of Lyman break galaxies at z ∼ 4.5 over the GOODS-South and North fields. This study makes use of the new, full-depth Spitzer/IRAC [3.6] and [4.5] imaging from the GOODS Re-ionization Era wide-Area Treasury from the Spitzer program. The Hα flux is derived from the offset between the continuum flux estimated from the best-fit spectral energy distribution, and the observed photometry in IRAC [3.6]. From these measurements, we build the Hα LF and study its evolution providing the best constraints of this property at high redshift, where spectroscopy of Hα is not yet available. Schechter parameterizations of the Hα LF show a decreasing evolution of Φ∗ with redshift, increasing evolution in L ∗, and no significant evolution in the faint-end slope at high z. We find that star formation rates (SFRs) derived from Hα are higher than those derived from the rest-frame UV for low SFR galaxies but the opposite happens for the highest SFRs. This can be explained by lower mass galaxies (also lower SFR) having, on average, rising star formation histories (SFHs), while at the highest masses the SFHs may be declining. The SFR function is steeper, and because of the excess SFR(Hα) compared to SFR(UV) at low SFRs, the SFR density estimated from Hα is higher than the previous estimates based on UV luminosities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences; 0202 Atomic, Molecular, Nuclear, Particle and Plasma Physics; 0306 Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural); Astronomy & Astrophysics
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
Q Science > QD Chemistry
Divisions: Astrophysics Research Institute
Publisher: American Astronomical Society
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2023 13:11
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2023 13:15
DOI or ID number: 10.3847/1538-4357/acbc79
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/19856
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