New redshift z ≃ 9 galaxies in the Hubble Frontier Fields: Implications for early evolution of the UV luminosity density

D. J. McLeod, R. J. McLure, J. S. Dunlop, Brant E Robertson, R. S. Ellis, T. A. Targett

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We present the results of a new search for galaxies at redshift z ≃ 9 in the first two Hubble Frontier Fieldswith completed HST WFC3/IR andACS imaging. To ensure robust photometric redshift solutions, and to minimize incompleteness, we confine our search to objects with H160 <28.6 (AB mag), consider only image regions with an rms noise σ160 > 30 mag (within a 0.5-arcsec diameter aperture), and insist on detections in both H160 and J140. The result is a survey covering an effective area (after accounting for magnification) of 10.9 arcmin2, which yields 12 galaxies at 8.4 <z <9.5. Within the Abell-2744 cluster and parallel fields, we confirm the three brightest objects reported by Ishigaki et al., but recover only one of the four z > 8.4 sources reported by Zheng et al. In the MACSJ0416.1-240 cluster field, we report five objects, and explain why each of these eluded detection or classification as z ≃ 9 galaxies in the published searches of the shallower CLASH data. Finally, we uncover four z ≃ 9 galaxies from the MACSJ0416.1-240 parallel field. Based on the published magnification maps, we find that only one of these 12 galaxies is likely boosted by more than a factor of 2 by gravitational lensing. Consequently, we are able to perform a fairly straightforward reanalysis of the normalization of the z ≃ 9 UV galaxy luminosity function as explored previously in the HUDF12 programme. We conclude that the new data strengthen the evidence for a continued smooth decline in UV luminosity density (and hence star formation rate density) from z ≃ 8 to 9, contrary to recent reports of a marked drop-off at these redshifts. This provides further support for the scenario in which early galaxy evolution is sufficiently extended to explain cosmic reionization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3032-3044
Number of pages13
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume450
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

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  • Galaxies: formation
  • Galaxies: high-redshift

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New redshift z ≃ 9 galaxies in the Hubble Frontier Fields : Implications for early evolution of the UV luminosity density. / McLeod, D. J.; McLure, R. J.; Dunlop, J. S.; Robertson, Brant E; Ellis, R. S.; Targett, T. A.

In: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol. 450, No. 3, 2015, p. 3032-3044.

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