Spectroscopic Redshifts to z > 2 for Optically Obscured Sources Discovered with the Spitzer Space TelescopeThe Astrophysical Journal (2005)
We have surveyed a field covering 9.0 deg2 within the NOAO Deep Wide-Field Survey region in Bootes with the Multiband Imaging Photometer on the Spitzer Space Telescope (SST) to a limiting 24 μm flux density of 0.3 mJy. Thirty-one sources from this survey with F24 μm > 0.75 mJy that are optically very faint (R 24.5 mag) have been observed with the low-resolution modules of the Infrared Spectrograph on SST (IRS). Redshifts derived primarily from strong silicate absorption features are reported here for 17 of these sources; 10 of these are optically invisible (R 26 mag), with no counterpart in BW, R, or I. The observed redshifts for 16 sources are 1.7 < z < 2.8. These represent a newly discovered population of highly obscured sources at high redshift with extreme infrared-to-optical ratios. Using IRS spectra of local galaxies as templates, we find that a majority of the sources have mid-infrared spectral shapes most similar to ultraluminous infrared galaxies powered primarily by active galactic nuclei. Assuming that the same templates also apply at longer wavelengths, bolometric luminosities exceed 1013 L☉.
Publication DateApril 1, 2005
Citation InformationJ. R. Houck, B. T. Soifer, D. Weedman, Sarah J.U. Higdon, et al.. "Spectroscopic Redshifts to z > 2 for Optically Obscured Sources Discovered with the Spitzer Space Telescope" The Astrophysical Journal Vol. 622 Iss. 2 (2005) p. 105 - 108
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