Resolving the Cosmic Far-infrared Background at 450 and 850 μm with SCUBA-2

Type Journal Article
Names Chian-Chou Chen, Lennox L. Cowie, Amy J. Barger, Caitlin. M. Casey, Nicholas Lee, David B. Sanders, Wei-Hao Wang, Jonathan P. Williams
Publication The Astrophysical Journal
Volume 776
Issue 2
Pages 131
Journal Abbreviation The Astrophysical Journal
Date October 1, 2013
DOI 10.1088/0004-637X/776/2/131;
ISSN 0004-637X
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Abstract We use the SCUBA-2 submillimeter camera mounted on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope to obtain extremely deep number counts at 450 and 850 μm. We combine data on two cluster lensing fields, A1689 and A370, and three blank fields, CDF-N, CDF-S, and COSMOS, to measure the counts over a wide flux range at each wavelength. We use statistical fits to broken power law representations to determine the number counts. This allows us to probe to the deepest possible level in the data. At both wavelengths our results agree well with the literature in the flux range over which they have been measured, with the exception of the 850 μm counts in CDF-S, where we do not observe the counts deficit found by previous single-dish observations. At 450 μm, we detect significant counts down to ~1 mJy, an unprecedented depth at this wavelength. By integrating the number counts above this flux limit, we measure 113.9^{+49.7}_{-28.4} Jy deg–2 of the 450 μm extragalactic background light (EBL). The majority of this contribution is from sources with S 450 μm between 1-10 mJy, and these sources are likely to be the ones that are analogous to the local luminous infrared galaxies. At 850 μm, we measure 37.3^{+21.1}_{-12.9} Jy deg–2 of the EBL. Because of the large systematic uncertainties on the COBE measurements, the percentage of the EBL we resolve could range from 48%-153% (44%-178%) at 450 (850) μm. Based on high-resolution Submillimeter Array observations of around half of the 4 σ 850 μm sample in CDF-N, we find that 12.5^{ +12.1}_{ -6.8}% of the sources are blends of multiple fainter sources. This is a low multiple fraction, and we find no significant difference between our original SCUBA-2 850 μm counts and the multiplicity-corrected counts.
Tags cosmology: observations, galaxies: formation, galaxies: starburst, gravitational lensing: strong, submillimeter: diffuse background, submillimeter: galaxies
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