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Evolution of the Hb+[OIII] and [OII] luminosity functions and the [OII] star-formation history of the Universe up to z∼5

Ali A. Khostovan
University of California, Riverside

I will present the evolution of the Hβ+[OIII] and [OII] luminosity functions and star formation histories from z ∼ 0.8 to 4.7 using data from HiZELS. This is the first time that the Hβ+[OIII] and [OII] luminosity functions and star formation histories have been studied at these redshifts in a self-consistent analysis. This is also the largest sample of Hβ+[OIII] and [OII] emitters in this redshift range, with a large comoving volume coverage of ~1×10^6 Mpc^3 in two independent volumes (COSMOS and UDS), greatly reducing the effects of cosmic variance. We find significant evolution in both L⋆ and φ⋆ for both emitters. Our predicted [OIII] LFs shows that, in comparison to our Hβ+[OIII] LF and AGN LFs, our Hβ+[OIII] samples are dominated by star-forming, [OIII] emitters. We will also present the cosmic star-formation history based only on [OII] emitters up to z ∼ 5 (to reduce bias effects from different tracers) and find that the peak of star-formation occurred around z ∼ 3. For the z < 2 measurements, we find that our [OII] star-formation rate densities (SFRDs) are in agreement with Hα and stacked radio studies, suggesting that our sample is representative of a star-forming population. Our star formation history is able to recover the stellar mass density evolution. Interestingly, we also find that the Hβ+[OIII] SFRDs are in agreement with other star-forming results in the literature, suggesting that even our Hβ+[OIII] sample is dominated by star-forming galaxies.

2015 March 13, 11:30

Observatório Astronómico de Lisboa (Seminar room)
Tapada da Ajuda, 1349-018 Lisboa

Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia