Astrophys. J., 839, 27-27 (2017/April-2)
First discoveries of z > 6 quasars with the DECam Legacy Survey and UKIRT Hemisphere Survey.
WANG F., FAN X., YANG J., WU X.-B., YANG Q., BIAN F., McGREER I.D., LI J.-T., LI Z., DING J., DEY A., DYE S., FINDLAY J.R., GREEN R., JAMES D., JIANG L., LANG D., LAWRENCE A., MYERS A.D., ROSS N.P., SCHLEGEL D.J. and SHANKS T.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present the first discoveries from a survey of z >= 6 quasars using imaging data from the DECam Legacy Survey (DECaLS) in the optical, the UKIRT Deep Infrared Sky Survey (UKIDSS) and a preliminary version of the UKIRT Hemisphere Survey (UHS) in the near-IR, and ALLWISE in the mid-IR. DECaLS will image 9000 deg2 of sky down to zAB ∼ 23.0, and UKIDSS and UHS will map the northern sky at 0 < decl. < +60°, reaching JVEGA ∼ 19.6 (5-σ). The combination of these data sets allows us to discover quasars at redshift z >= 7 and to conduct a complete census of the faint quasar population at z >= 6. In this paper, we report on the selection method of our search, and on the initial discoveries of two new, faint z >= 6 quasars and one new z = 6.63 quasar in our pilot spectroscopic observations. The two new z ∼ 6 quasars are at z = 6.07 and z = 6.17 with absolute magnitudes at rest-frame wavelength 1450 A being M1450 = -25.83 and M1450 = -25.76, respectively. These discoveries suggest that we can find quasars close to or fainter than the break magnitude of the Quasar Luminosity Function (QLF) at z >= 6. The new z = 6.63 quasar has an absolute magnitude of M1450 = -25.95. This demonstrates the potential of using the combined DECaLS and UKIDSS/UHS data sets to find z >= 7 quasars. Extrapolating from previous QLF measurements, we predict that these combined data sets will yield ∼200 z ∼ 6 quasars to zAB < 21.5, ∼1000 z ∼ 6 quasars to zAB < 23, and ∼30 quasars at z > 6.5 to JVEGA < 19.5.
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galaxies: active - galaxies: high-redshift - quasars: emission lines - quasars: general - quasars: general
Table 3: DELS JHHMMSS.ss+DDMMSS.s N=3. Table 4: [WFY2017] JHHMMSS.ss+DDMMSS.s N=44.
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