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The stellar masses of ~40 000 uv selected galaxies from the wigglez survey at 0.3 < z < 1.0: Analogues of Lyman Break galaxies?

Banerji, Manda; Glazebrook, Karl; Blake, Chris; Brough, Sarah; Colless, Matthew; Contreras, Carlos; Couch, Warrick; Croton, Darren J.; Croom, Scott; Davis, Tamara M.; Drinkwater, Michael J.; Forster, Karl; Gilbank, David; Gladders, Mike; Jelliffe, Ben; Jurek, Russell J.; Li, I-Hui; Madore, Barry; Martin, D. Christopher; Pimbblet, Kevin; Poole, Gregory B.; Pracy, Michael; Sharp, Rob; Wisnioski, Emily; Woods, David; Wyder, Ted K.; Yee, H. K. C.

Authors

Manda Banerji

Karl Glazebrook

Chris Blake

Sarah Brough

Matthew Colless

Carlos Contreras

Warrick Couch

Darren J. Croton

Scott Croom

Tamara M. Davis

Michael J. Drinkwater

Karl Forster

David Gilbank

Mike Gladders

Ben Jelliffe

Russell J. Jurek

I-Hui Li

Barry Madore

D. Christopher Martin

Gregory B. Poole

Michael Pracy

Rob Sharp

Emily Wisnioski

David Woods

Ted K. Wyder

H. K. C. Yee



Abstract

We characterize the stellar masses and star formation rates in a sample of ̃40 000 spectroscopically confirmed UV-luminous galaxies at 0.3 < z < 1.0 selected from within theWiggleZ Dark Energy Survey. In particular, we match this UV bright population to wide-field infrared surveys such as the near-infrared (NIR) UKIDSS Large Area Survey (LAS) and the midinfrared Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) All-Sky Survey. We find that 30 per cent of the UV-luminousWiggleZ galaxies, corresponding to the brightest and reddest subset, are detected at > 5s in the UKIDSS-LAS at all redshifts. An even more luminous subset of 15 per cent are also detected in the WISE 3.4 and 4.6 μm bands. In addition, 22 of theWiggleZ galaxies are extremely luminous at 12 and 22 μm and have colours consistent with being star formation dominated. We compute stellar masses for this very large sample of extremely blue galaxies and quantify the sensitivity of the stellar mass estimates to various assumptions made during the spectral energy distribution (SED) fitting. The median stellar masses are log 10 (M*/M⊙) = 9.6 ± 0.7, 10.2 ± 0.5 and 10.4 ± 0.4 for the IR undetected, UKIDSS detected and UKIDSS+WISE detected galaxies, respectively.We demonstrate that the inclusion of NIR photometry can lead to tighter constraints on the stellar masses by bringing down the upper bound on the stellar mass estimate. The mass estimates are found to be most sensitive to the inclusion of secondary bursts of star formation as well as changes in the stellar population synthesis models, both of which can lead to median discrepancies of the order of 0.3 dex in the stellar masses. We conclude that even for these extremely blue galaxies, different SED fitting codes therefore produce extremely robust stellar mass estimates.We find, however, that the best-fitting M/L K is significantly lower than that predicted by simple optical colour-based estimators for many of the WiggleZ galaxies. The simple colour-based estimator overpredicts M/L K by ~0.4 dex on average. The effect is more pronounced for bluer galaxies with younger best-fitting ages. TheWiggleZ galaxies have star formation rates of 3-10M⊙ yr-1 and mostly lie at the upper end of the main sequence of star-forming galaxies at these redshifts. Their restframe UV luminosities and stellar masses are comparable to both local compact UV-luminous galaxies as well as Lyman break galaxies at z ~ 2-3. The stellar masses from this paper will be made publicly available with the next WiggleZ data release. © 2013 The Authors. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 21, 2013
Journal Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Print ISSN 0035-8711
Electronic ISSN 0035-8711
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 431
Issue 3
Pages 2209-2229
APA6 Citation Banerji, M., Glazebrook, K., Blake, C., Brough, S., Colless, M., Contreras, C., …Yee, H. K. C. (2013). The stellar masses of ~40 000 uv selected galaxies from the wigglez survey at 0.3 < z < 1.0: Analogues of Lyman Break galaxies?. Monthly notices, containing papers, abstracts of papers, and reports of the proceedings of the Society, 431(3), 2209-2229. https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stt320
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stt320
Keywords Galaxies: evolution; Galaxies: formation; Galaxies: stellar content
Publisher URL https://academic.oup.com/mnras/article/431/3/2209/1070893
Copyright Statement © 2013 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society

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