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Discovery of hyperluminous infrared galaxies using Spitzer and SHARC-II
European Space Agency (2005)
  • C. Borys, California Institute of Technology
  • V. Barnard, Joint Astronomy Centre
  • C. Bian, California Institute of Technology
  • A.W. Blain, California Institute of Technology
  • M. J. I. Brown, National Optical Astronomy Observatory
  • A. Dey, National Optical Astronomy Observatory
  • C. D. Dowell, California Institute of Technology
  • D. T. Frayer, California Institute of Technology
  • J. L. Higdon, Cornell University
  • Sarah J.U. Higdon, Cornell University
  • B. T. Jannuzi, National Optical Astronomy Observatory
  • E. Le Floc'h, University of Arizona
  • B. T. Soifer, California Institute of Technology
  • T.G. Phillips, California Institute of Technology
We have used observations taken as part of the Bootes Spitzer GTO program to pre-select high redshift luminous star-forming galaxy candidates. Subsequent ground-based sub-millimeter imaging with SHARC-II at the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory detected several objects, including one particularly exotic one: An extremely bright infrared galaxy with an apparent luminosity in excess of 1013.5Lsolar. It has a spectral energy distribution similar to that of Arp 220, though appears to be at a much higher redshift. Although lensing is one possible explanation, this object has helped refine the selection method, and hints at a way to pre-select similar objects using mid-IR silicate absorption features.
  • Galaxy Evolution,
  • Galaxy Formation,
  • Starburst Galaxies
Publication Date
January, 2005
Citation Information
C. Borys, V. Barnard, C. Bian, A.W. Blain, et al.. "Discovery of hyperluminous infrared galaxies using Spitzer and SHARC-II" European Space Agency (2005) p. 275 - 276
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