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- The GLARE Survey II : faint z approximate to 6 Ly alpha line emitters in the HUDF
- Stanway, Elizabeth R.; Bunker, Andrew J.; Glazebrook, Karl; Abraham, Roberto G.; Rhoads, James; Malhotra, Sangeeta; Crampton, David; Colless, Matthew; Chiu, Kuenley
- The galaxy population at z approximate to 6 has been the subject of intense study in recent years, culminating in the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF) - the deepest imaging survey yet. A large number of high-redshift galaxy candidates have been identified within the HUDF, but until now analysis of their properties has been hampered by the difficulty of obtaining spectroscopic redshifts for these faint galaxies. Our 'Gemini Lyman-Alpha at Reionization Era' (GLARE) project has been designed to undertake spectroscopic follow-up of faint (z' < 28.5) i'-drop galaxies at z approximate to 6 in the HUDF. In a previous paper we presented preliminary results from the first 7.5 h of data from GLARE. In this paper we detail the complete survey. We have now obtained 36 It of spectroscopy on a single GMOS slitmask from Gemini-South, with a spectral resolution of lambda/Delta lambda(FWHM) approximate to 1000. We identify five strong Ly alpha emitters at z > 5.5, and a further nine possible line emitters with detections at lower significance. We also place tight constraints on the equivalent width of Ly alpha emission for a further ten i'-drop galaxies and examine the equivalent width distribution of this faint spectroscopic sample of z approximate to 6 galaxies. We find that the fraction of galaxies with little or no emission is similar to that at z approximate to 3, but that the z approximate to 6 population has a tail of sources with high rest-frame equivalent widths. Possible explanations for this effect include a tendency towards stronger line emission in faint sources, which may arise from extreme youth or low metallicity in the Lyman-break population at high redshift, or possibly a top-heavy initial mass function.
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- Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol. 376, no. 2 (April 2007), p. 727-738
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- Data reduction; Drop galaxies; Galaxy evolution; Goods south field; High-redshift galaxies; HST; Hubble Space Telescope; Lyman break galaxies; Reionisation; Spectroscopy; Star formation rate; Starburst galaxies; Ultra deep field
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- Copyright © 2007 Royal Astronomical Society.
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