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|Title:||UV slope of z ∼ 3 bright (L > L*) Lyman-break galaxies in the COSMOS field||Authors:||Pilo, S.
|Issue Date:||2019||Journal:||ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS||Number:||626||First Page:||A45||Abstract:||Context. The analysis of the UV slope β of Lyman-break galaxies (LBG) at different luminosities and redshifts is fundamental for understanding their physical properties, and in particular, their dust extinction. <BR /> Aims: We analyse a unique sample of 517 bright (L > L<SUP>*</SUP>) LBGs at redshift z ∼ 3 in order to characterise the distribution of their UV slopes β and infer their dust extinction under standard assumptions. <BR /> Methods: We exploited multi-band observations over 750 arcmin<SUP>2</SUP> of the COSMOS field that were acquired with three different ground-based facilities: the Large Binocular Camera (LBC) on the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT), the Suprime-Cam on the SUBARU telescope, and the VIRCAM on the VISTA telescope (ULTRAVISTA DR2). Our multi-band photometric catalogue is based on a new method that is designed to maximise the signal-to-noise ratio in the estimate of accurate galaxy colours from images with different point spread functions (PSF). We adopted an improved selection criterion based on deep Y-band data to isolate a sample of galaxies at z ∼ 3 to minimise selection biases. We measured the UV slopes (β) of the objects in our sample and then recovered the intrinsic probability density function of β values (PDF(β)), taking into account the effect of observational uncertainties through detailed simulations. <BR /> Results: The galaxies in our sample are characterised by mildly red UV slopes with ⟨β⟩≃ - 1.70 throughout the enitre luminosity range that is probed by our data (-24 ≲ M<SUB>1600</SUB> ≲ -21). The resulting dust-corrected star formation rate density (SFRD) is log(SFRD)≃ - 1.6 M<SUB>☉</SUB> yr<SUP>-1</SUP> Mpc<SUP>-3</SUP>, corresponding to a contribution of about 25% to the total SFRD at z ∼ 3 under standard assumptions. Conclusions: Ultra-bright LBGs at z ∼ 3 match the known trends, with UV slopes being redder at decreasing redshifts, and brighter galaxies being more highly dust extinct and more frequently star-forming than fainter galaxies.||URI:||http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12386/29914||URL:||https://www.aanda.org/articles/aa/full_html/2019/06/aa34442-18/aa34442-18.html||ISSN:||0004-6361||DOI:||10.1051/0004-6361/201834442||Bibcode ADS:||2019A&A...626A..45P||Fulltext:||open|
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