Dust-obscured star-forming galaxies in the early universe

Wilkins, Stephen M, Feng, Yu, Di Matteo, Tiziana, Croft, Rupert, Lovell, Christopher C and Thomas, Peter (2017) Dust-obscured star-forming galaxies in the early universe. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 473 (4). pp. 5363-5369. ISSN 0035-8711

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Motivated by recent observational constraints on dust reprocessed emission in star-forming galaxies at z ∼ 6 and above, we use the very large cosmological hydrodynamical simulation BLUETIDES to explore predictions for the amount of dust-obscured star formation in the early Universe (z > 8). BLUETIDES matches current observational constraints on both the UV luminosity function and galaxy stellar mass function and predicts that approximately 90 per cent of the star formation in high-mass (M* > 1010 M⊙) galaxies at z = 8 is already obscured by dust. The relationship between dust attenuation and stellar mass predicted by BLUETIDES is consistent with that observed at lower redshift. However, observations of several individual objects at z > 6 are discrepant with the predictions, though it is possible that their uncertainties may have been underestimated. We find that the predicted surface density of z ≥ 8 submm sources is below that accessible to current Herschel, SCUBA-2 and Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA) submm surveys. However, as ALMA continues to accrue an additional surface area the population of z > 8 dust-obscured galaxies may become accessible in the near future.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Depositing User: Billy Wichaidit
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2018 10:00
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2018 10:01
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/72788

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