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Unpublished Paper
The VIMOS Ultra-Deep Survey (VUDS): IGM transmission towards galaxies with 2.5
Astronomy & Astrophysics (2014)
  • R. Thomas
  • O. Le Fevre
  • V. Le Brun
  • P. Cassata
  • B. Garilli
  • C. Lemaux
  • D. Maccagni
  • L. Pentericci
  • L.A.M. Tasca
  • G. Zamorani
  • R. Amorin
  • S. Bardelli
  • L. Cassara
  • M. Castellano
  • A. Cimatti
  • O. Cucciati
  • A. Durkalec
  • A. Fontana
  • Mauro Giavalisco, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • A. Grazian
  • N.P. Hathi
  • O. Ilbert
  • S. Paltani
  • B. Ribeiro
  • D. Schaerer
  • M. Scodeggio
  • V. Sommariva
  • M. Talia
  • L. Tresse
  • E. Vanzella
  • D. Vergani
  • P. Capak
  • S. Charlot
  • T. Contini
  • J.G. Cuby
  • S. de la Torre
  • J. Dunlop
  • S. Fotopoulou
  • A. Koekemoer
  • C. Lopez-Sanjuan
  • Y. Mellier
  • J. Pforr
  • M. Salvato
  • N. Scoville
  • Y. Taniguchi
  • P.W. Wang
The observed UV rest-frame spectra of distant galaxies are the result of their intrinsic emission combined with absorption along the line of sight produced by the inter-galactic medium (IGM). Here we analyse the evolution of the mean IGM transmission Tr(Ly_alpha) and its dispersion along the line of sight for 2127 galaxies with 2.5= 4 compared to results from QSOs, but a degeneracy between dust extinction and IGM prevents to draw firm conclusions if the internal dust extinction for star-forming galaxies at z>4 takes a mean value significantly in excess of E(B-V)>0.15. Most importantly, we find a large dispersion of IGM transmission along the lines of sight towards distant galaxies with 68% of the distribution within 10 to 17% of the median value in delta z=0.5 bins, similar to what is found on the LOS towards QSOs. We demonstrate the importance of taking into account this large range of IGM transmission when selecting high redshift galaxies based on their colour properties (e.g. LBG or photometric redshift selection) or otherwise face a significant incompleteness in selecting high redshift galaxy populations
  • Galaxies: evolution,
  • Galaxies: formation,
  • Galaxies: high redshift,
  • Galaxies: intergalactic medium,
  • Cosmology: observations,
  • Cosmology: large-scale structure of Universe,
  • Astronomical Databases: surveys
Publication Date
Perpublished version downloaded from ArXiv. Submitted to Astronomy & Astrophysics November 24th, 2014
Citation Information
R. Thomas, O. Le Fevre, V. Le Brun, P. Cassata, et al.. "The VIMOS Ultra-Deep Survey (VUDS): IGM transmission towards galaxies with 2.5" Astronomy & Astrophysics (2014)
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