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Published 1977 | Published
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Interpretation of Source Counts and Redshift Data in Evolutionary Universes


Conventional interpretation of the N(S) relation requires cosmic evolution of the radio source population. Investigators agree on the general features of this evolution: it must be confined to the most luminous sources, and must be strong, the numbers of such sources at redshifts of 1 to 4 exceeding the present numbers by a factor ≳103. There is no consensus as to whether density or luminosity evolution prevails (or both), whether a cutoff in redshift is necessary, or whether the source populations found in high-frequency surveys follow even the general evolutionary picture deduced for the low-frequency survey population. It is therefore hardly surprising that the physical basis of the evolution, the ultimate goal of N(S) interpretation, remains largely "in the realm of imaginative speculation" (P. A. G. Scheuer).

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