Newly Discovered Bright z~9-10 Galaxies and Improved Constraints on Their Prevalence Using the Full CANDELS Area. (arXiv:1905.05202v1 [astro-ph.GA])

Newly Discovered Bright z~9-10 Galaxies and Improved Constraints on Their Prevalence Using the Full CANDELS Area. (arXiv:1905.05202v1 [astro-ph.GA])
<a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Bouwens_R/0/1/0/all/0/1">R.J. Bouwens</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Stefanon_M/0/1/0/all/0/1">M. Stefanon</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Oesch_P/0/1/0/all/0/1">P.A. Oesch</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Illingworth_G/0/1/0/all/0/1">G.D. Illingworth</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Nanayakkara_T/0/1/0/all/0/1">T. Nanayakkara</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Roberts_Borsani_G/0/1/0/all/0/1">G. Roberts-Borsani</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Labbe_I/0/1/0/all/0/1">I. Labbe&#x27;</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Smit_R/0/1/0/all/0/1">R. Smit</a>

We report the results of an expanded search for z~9-10 candidates over the
~883 arcmin^2 CANDELS+ERS fields. This study adds 147 arcmin^2 to the search
area we consider over the CANDELS COSMOS, UDS, and EGS fields, while expanding
our selection to include sources with bluer J_{125}-H_{160} colors than our
previous J_{125}-H_{160}>0.5 mag selection. In searching for new z~9-10
candidates, we make full use of all available HST, Spitzer/IRAC, and
ground-based imaging data. As a result of our expanded search and use of
broader color criteria, 3 new candidate z~9-10 galaxies are identified. We also
find again the z=8.683 source previously confirmed by Zitrin+2015. This brings
our sample of probable z~9-11 galaxy candidates over the CANDELS+ERS fields to
19 sources in total, equivalent to 1 candidate per 47 arcmin^2 (1 per 10
WFC3/IR fields). To be comprehensive, we also discuss 28 mostly lower
likelihood z~9-10 candidates, including some sources that seem to be reliably
at z>8 using the HST+IRAC data alone, but which the ground-based data show are
much more likely at z<4. One case example is a bright z~9.4 candidate COS910-8 which seems instead to be at z~2. Based on this expanded sample, we obtain a more robust LF at z~9 and improved constraints on the volume density of bright z~9 and z~10 galaxies. Our improved z~9-10 results again reinforce previous findings for strong evolution in the UV LF at z>8, with a factor of ~10
evolution seen in the luminosity density from z~10 to z~8.

We report the results of an expanded search for z~9-10 candidates over the
~883 arcmin^2 CANDELS+ERS fields. This study adds 147 arcmin^2 to the search
area we consider over the CANDELS COSMOS, UDS, and EGS fields, while expanding
our selection to include sources with bluer J_{125}-H_{160} colors than our
previous J_{125}-H_{160}>0.5 mag selection. In searching for new z~9-10
candidates, we make full use of all available HST, Spitzer/IRAC, and
ground-based imaging data. As a result of our expanded search and use of
broader color criteria, 3 new candidate z~9-10 galaxies are identified. We also
find again the z=8.683 source previously confirmed by Zitrin+2015. This brings
our sample of probable z~9-11 galaxy candidates over the CANDELS+ERS fields to
19 sources in total, equivalent to 1 candidate per 47 arcmin^2 (1 per 10
WFC3/IR fields). To be comprehensive, we also discuss 28 mostly lower
likelihood z~9-10 candidates, including some sources that seem to be reliably
at z>8 using the HST+IRAC data alone, but which the ground-based data show are
much more likely at z<4. One case example is a bright z~9.4 candidate COS910-8
which seems instead to be at z~2. Based on this expanded sample, we obtain a
more robust LF at z~9 and improved constraints on the volume density of bright
z~9 and z~10 galaxies. Our improved z~9-10 results again reinforce previous
findings for strong evolution in the UV LF at z>8, with a factor of ~10
evolution seen in the luminosity density from z~10 to z~8.

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