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HerMES: deep galaxy number counts from a P(D) fluctuation analysis of SPIRE Science Demonstration Phase observations

Glenn, J. and Blain, A. and Bock, J. and Cooray, A. and Dowell, C. D. and Levenson, L. and Lu, N. and Nguyen, H. T. and Schulz, B. and Shupe, D. L. and Vieira, J. D. and Xu, C. K. and Zemcov, M. (2010) HerMES: deep galaxy number counts from a P(D) fluctuation analysis of SPIRE Science Demonstration Phase observations. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 409 (1). pp. 109-121. ISSN 0035-8711. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20101217-091446952

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Abstract

Dusty, star-forming galaxies contribute to a bright, currently unresolved cosmic far-infrared background. Deep Herschel-Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver (SPIRE) images designed to detect and characterize the galaxies that comprise this background are highly confused, such that the bulk lies below the classical confusion limit. We analyse three fields from the Herschel Multi-tiered Extragalactic Survey (HerMES) programme in all three SPIRE bands (250, 350 and 500 μm); parametrized galaxy number count models are derived to a depth of ~2 mJy beam^(−1), approximately four times the depth of previous analyses at these wavelengths, using a probability of deflection [P(D)] approach for comparison to theoretical number count models. Our fits account for 64, 60 and 43 per cent of the far-infrared background in the three bands. The number counts are consistent with those based on individually detected SPIRE sources, but generally inconsistent with most galaxy number count models, which generically overpredict the number of bright galaxies and are not as steep as the P(D)-derived number counts. Clear evidence is found for a break in the slope of the differential number counts at low flux densities. Systematic effects in the P(D) analysis are explored. We find that the effects of clustering have a small impact on the data, and the largest identified systematic error arises from uncertainties in the SPIRE beam.


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Additional Information:© 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2010 RAS. Accepted 2010 September 27. Received 2010 September 25; in original form 2010 June 25. Article first published online: 29 Oct. 2010. The authors would like to thank Guillaume Patanchon and Phil Maloney for many useful discussions. JG and AC acknowledge support from NASA Herschel GTO grant 1394366, sponsored by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. SPIRE has been developed by a consortium of institutes led by Cardiff University (UK) and including University of Lethbridge (Canada); NAOC (China); CEA, LAM (France); IFSI, University of Padua (Italy); IAC (Spain); Stockholm Observatory (Sweden); Imperial College London, RAL, UCL-MSSL, UKATC, University of Sussex (UK); Caltech, JPL, NHSC, University of Colorado (USA). This development has been supported by national funding agencies: CSA (Canada); NAOC (China); CEA, CNES, CNRS (France); ASI (Italy); MCINN (Spain); SNSB (Sweden); STFC (UK) and NASA (USA). The data presented in this paper will be released through the Herschel Database in Marseille, HeDaM (http://hedam.oamp.fr/HerMES).
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NASA Herschel GTO grant 1394366
Subject Keywords:cosmology: observations; submillimetre: diffuse background; submillimetre: galaxies
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Official Citation:Glenn, J., Conley, A., Béthermin, M., Altieri, B., Amblard, A., Arumugam, V., Aussel, H., Babbedge, T., Blain, A., Bock, J., Boselli, A., Buat, V., Castro-Rodríguez, N., Cava, A., Chanial, P., Clements, D. L., Conversi, L., Cooray, A., Dowell, C. D., Dwek, E., Eales, S., Elbaz, D., Ellsworth-Bowers, T. P., Fox, M., Franceschini, A., Gear, W., Griffin, M., Halpern, M., Hatziminaoglou, E., Ibar, E., Isaak, K., Ivison, R. J., Lagache, G., Laurent, G., Levenson, L., Lu, N., Madden, S., Maffei, B., Mainetti, G., Marchetti, L., Marsden, G., Nguyen, H. T., O'Halloran, B., Oliver, S. J., Omont, A., Page, M. J., Panuzzo, P., Papageorgiou, A., Pearson, C. P., Pérez-Fournon, I., Pohlen, M., Rigopoulou, D., Rizzo, D., Roseboom, I. G., Rowan-Robinson, M., Portal, M. S., Schulz, B., Scott, D., Seymour, N., Shupe, D. L., Smith, A. J., Stevens, J. A., Symeonidis, M., Trichas, M., Tugwell, K. E., Vaccari, M., Valtchanov, I., Vieira, J. D., Vigroux, L., Wang, L., Ward, R., Wright, G., Xu, C. K. and Zemcov, M. (2010), HerMES: deep galaxy number counts from a P(D) fluctuation analysis of SPIRE Science Demonstration Phase observations. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 409: 109–121. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2010.17781.x
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