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The SCUBA-2 Cosmology Legacy Survey: The submillimetre properties of Lyman-break galaxies at z = 3-5

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© 2014 The Authors. We present detections at 850 μm of the Lyman-break galaxy (LBG) population at z ≈ 3, 4, and 5 using data from the Submillimetre Common User Bolometer Array 2 Cosmology Legacy Survey in the United Kingdom Infrared Deep Sky Survey 'Ultra Deep Survey' field. We employ stacking to probe beneath the survey limit, measuring the average 850 μm flux density of LBGs at z ≈ 3, 4, and 5 with typical ultraviolet luminosities of L1700 ≈ 1029 erg s-1 Hz-1. We measure 850 μm flux densities of (0.25 ± 0.03), (0.41 ± 0.06), and (0.88 ± 0.23) mJy, respectively, finding that they contribute at most 20 per cent to the cosmic far-infrared (IR) background at 850 μm. Fitting an appropriate range of spectral energy distributions to the z~3, 4, and 5 LBG stacked 24-850 μm fluxes, we derive IR luminosities of L8-1000μm ≈ 3.2, 5.5, and 11.0 × 1011 L⊙ [and star formation rates (SFRs) of ≈50-200M⊙ yr-1], respectively.We find that the evolution in the IR luminosity density of LBGs is broadly consistent with model predictions for the expected contribution of luminous-to-ultraluminous IR galaxies at these epochs.We observe a positive correlation between stellar mass and IR luminosity and confirm that, for a fixed mass, the reddest LBGs (UV slope β →0) are redder due to dust extinction, with SFR(IR)/SFR(UV) increasing by about an order of magnitude over -2 < β < 0 with SFR(IR)/SFR(UV) ~20 for the reddest LBGs. Furthermore, the most massive LBGs tend to have higher obscured-to-unobscured ratios, hinting at a variation in the obscuration properties across the mass range.

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Author(s): Coppin KEK, Geach JE, Almaini O, Arumugam V, Dunlop JS, Hartley WG, Ivison RJ, Simpson CJ, Smith DJB, Swinbank AM, Blain AW, Bourne N, Bremer M, Conselice C, Harrison CM, Mortlock A, Chapman SC, Davies LJM, Farrah D, Gibb A, Jenness T, Karim A, Knudsen KK, Ibar E, Michalowski MJ, Peacock JA, Rigopoulou D, Robson EI, Scott D, Stevens J, van der Werf PP

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Year: 2015

Volume: 446

Issue: 2

Pages: 1293-1304

Print publication date: 11/01/2015

Online publication date: 19/11/2014

Acceptance date: 17/10/2014

ISSN (print): 0035-8711

ISSN (electronic): 1365-2966

Publisher: Oxford University Press

URL: https://doi.org10.1093/mnras/stu2185

DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stu2185


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