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The SCUBA Half Degree Extragalactic Survey (SHADES) - IX. The environment, mass and redshift dependence of star formation

Serjeant, S., Dye, Simon, Mortier, A., Peacock, J., Egami, E., Cirasuolo, M., Rieke, G., Borys, C., Chapman, S., Clements, D., Coppin, K., Dunlop, J., Eales, Stephen Anthony, Farrah, D., Halpern, M., Mauskopf, Philip Daniel, Pope, A., Rowan-Robinson, M., Scott, D., Smail, I. and Vaccari, M. 2008. The SCUBA Half Degree Extragalactic Survey (SHADES) - IX. The environment, mass and redshift dependence of star formation. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 386 (4) , pp. 1907-1921. 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2008.13197.x

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We present a comparison between the SCUBA (Submillimetre Common User Bolometer Array) Half Degree Extragalactic Survey (SHADES) at 450 and 850 μm in the Lockman Hole East with a deep Spitzer Space Telescope survey at 3.6–24 μm conducted in guaranteed time. Using stacking analyses we demonstrate a striking correspondence between the galaxies contributing the submm extragalactic background light, with those likely to dominate the backgrounds at Spitzer wavelengths. Using a combination BRIzK plus Spitzer photometric redshifts, we show that at least a third of the Spitzer-identified submm galaxies at 1 < z < 1.5 appear to reside in overdensities when the density field is smoothed at 0.5–2 Mpc comoving diameters, supporting the high-redshift reversal of the local star formation–galaxy density relation. We derive the dust-shrouded cosmic star formation history of galaxies as a function of assembled stellar masses. For model stellar masses <1011 M⊙, this peaks at lower redshifts than the ostensible z∼ 2.2 maximum for submm point sources, adding to the growing consensus for ‘downsizing’ in star formation. Our surveys are also consistent with ‘downsizing’ in mass assembly. Both the mean star formation rates 〈dM*/dt〉 and specific star formation rates 〈(1/M*) d M*/d t〉 are in striking disagreement with some semi-analytic predictions from the Millenium Simulation. The discrepancy could either be resolved with a top-heavy initial mass function, or a significant component of the submm flux heated by the interstellar radiation field.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Uncontrolled Keywords: galaxies: evolution; galaxies: formation; galaxies: starburst; cosmology: observations; infrared: galaxies; submillimetre
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Publisher: Royal Astronomical Society
ISSN: 0035-8711
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2020 03:51

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