Astrophys. J., 747, 3 (2012/March-1)
Through the looking glass: bright, highly magnified galaxy candidates at z ∼ 7 behind A1703.
BRADLEY L.D., BOUWENS R.J., ZITRIN A., SMIT R., COE D., FORD H.C., ZHENG W., ILLINGWORTH G.D., BENITEZ N. and BROADHURST T.J.
Abstract (from CDS):
We report the discovery of seven strongly lensed Lyman-break galaxy (LBG) candidates at z ∼ 7 detected in Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) imaging of A1703. The brightest candidate, called A1703-zD1, has an observed (lensed) magnitude of 24.0 AB (26σ) in the WFC3/IR F160W band, making it 0.2 mag brighter than the z850-dropout candidate recently reported behind the Bullet Cluster and 0.7 mag brighter than the previously brightest known z ∼ 7.6 galaxy, A1689-zD1. With a cluster magnification of ∼9, this source has an intrinsic magnitude of H160= 26.4 AB, a strong z850- J125 break of 1.7 mag, and a photometric redshift of z ∼ 6.7. Additionally, we find six other bright LBG candidates with H160-band magnitudes of 24.9-26.4, photometric redshifts z ∼ 6.4 - 8.8, and magnifications µ ∼ 3-40. Stellar population fits to the Advanced Camera for Surveys, WFC3/IR, and Spitzer/Infrared Array Camera data for A1703-zD1 and A1703-zD4 yield stellar masses (0.7 - 3.0)x109 M☉, stellar ages 5-180 Myr, and star formation rates ∼7.8 M☉/yr, and low reddening with AV ≤ 0.7. The source-plane reconstruction of the exceptionally bright candidate A1703-zD1 exhibits an extended structure, spanning ∼4 kpc in the z ∼ 6.7 source plane, and shows three resolved star-forming knots of radius r ∼ 0.4 kpc.
galaxies: clusters: individual: A1703 - galaxies: high-redshift - gravitational lensing: strong
Fig. 2, Table 1: [BBZ2012] A1703-zDNa (Nos zD1-zD7, zD5a-zD5b).
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