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GAMA/WiggleZ: the 1.4 GHz radio luminosity functions of high- and low-excitation radio galaxies and their redshift evolution toz= 0.75

Pracy, Michael B.; Ching, John H. Y.; Sadler, Elaine M.; Croom, Scott M.; Baldry, I. K.; Bland-Hawthorn, Joss; Brough, S.; Brown, M. J. I.; Couch, Warrick J.; Davis, Tamara M.; Drinkwater, Michael J.; Hopkins, A. M.; Jarvis, M. J.; Jelliffe, Ben; Jurek, Russell J.; Loveday, J.; Pimbblet, K. A.; Prescott, M.; Wisnioski, Emily; Woods, David

Authors

Michael B. Pracy

John H. Y. Ching

Elaine M. Sadler

Scott M. Croom

I. K. Baldry

Joss Bland-Hawthorn

S. Brough

M. J. I. Brown

Warrick J. Couch

Tamara M. Davis

Michael J. Drinkwater

A. M. Hopkins

M. J. Jarvis

Ben Jelliffe

Russell J. Jurek

J. Loveday

M. Prescott

Emily Wisnioski

David Woods

Abstract

© 2016 The Authors. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society. We present radio active galactic nuclei (AGN) luminosity functions over the redshift range 0.005 < z < 0.75. The sample from which the luminosity functions are constructed is an optical spectroscopic survey of radio galaxies, identified from matched Faint Images of the Radio Sky at Twenty-cm survey (FIRST) sources and Sloan Digital Sky Survey images. The radio AGN are separated into low-excitation radio galaxies (LERGs) and high-excitation radio galaxies (HERGs) using the optical spectra. We derive radio luminosity functions for LERGs and HERGs separately in the three redshift bins (0.005 < z < 0.3, 0.3 < z < 0.5 and 0.5 < z < 0.75). The radio luminosity functions can be well described by a double power law. Assuming this double power-law shape the LERG population displays little or no evolution over this redshift range evolving as ~(1 + z) 0.06+0.17 -0.18 assuming pure density evolution or ~(1 + z) 0.46+0.22 -0.24 assuming pure luminosity evolution. In contrast, the HERG population evolves more rapidly, best fitted by ~(1 + z) 2.93+0.46 -0.47 assuming a double power-law shape and pure density evolution. If a pure luminosity model is assumed, the best-fitting HERG evolution is parametrized by ~(1 + z) 7.41+0.79 -1.33 The characteristic break in the radio luminosity function occurs at a significantly higher power (~≥1 dex) for the HERG population in comparison to the LERGs. This is consistent with the two populations representing fundamentally different accretion modes.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 21, 2016
Journal Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Print ISSN 0035-8711
Electronic ISSN 1365-2966
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 460
Issue 1
Pages 2-17
Institution Citation Pracy, M. B., Ching, J. H. Y., Sadler, E. M., Croom, S. M., Baldry, I. K., Bland-Hawthorn, J., …Woods, D. (2016). GAMA/WiggleZ: the 1.4 GHz radio luminosity functions of high- and low-excitation radio galaxies and their redshift evolution toz= 0.75. Monthly notices, containing papers, abstracts of papers, and reports of the proceedings of the Society, 460(1), 2-17. https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stw910
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stw910
Keywords Galaxies -- evolution, accretion, Galaxies -- active, Radio continuum -- galaxies
Publisher URL http://mnras.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/04/20/mnras.stw910.abstract
Additional Information Copy of article first published in: Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2016

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This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©: 2016 The Authors. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.



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