Evolution of mid-infrared galaxy luminosity functions from the entire AKARI NEP deep field with new CFHT photometry
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Evolution of mid-infrared galaxy luminosity functions from the entire AKARI NEP deep field with new CFHT photometry

  • Author(s): Goto, Tomotsugu
  • Oi, Nagisa
  • Ohyama, Youichi
  • Malkan, Matthew
  • Matsuhara, Hideo
  • Wada, Takehiko
  • Karouzos, Marios
  • Im, Myungshin
  • Nakagawa, Takao
  • Buat, Veronique
  • Burgarella, Denis
  • Sedgwick, Chris
  • Toba, Yoshiki
  • Jeong, Woong-Seob
  • Marchetti, Lucia
  • Malek, Katarzyna
  • Koptelova, Ekaterina
  • Chao, Dani
  • Wu, Yi-Han
  • Pearson, Chris
  • Takagi, Toshinobu
  • Lee, Hyung Mok
  • Serjeant, Stephen
  • Takeuchi, Tsutomu T
  • Kim, Seong Jin
  • et al.
Abstract

We present infrared galaxy luminosity functions (LFs) in the AKARI North Ecliptic Pole (NEP) deep field using recently-obtained, wider CFHT optical/near-IR images. AKARI has obtained deep images in the mid-infrared (IR), covering 0.6 deg$^2$ of the NEP deep field. However, our previous work was limited to the central area of 0.25 deg$^2$ due to the lack of optical coverage of the full AKARI NEP survey. To rectify the situation, we recently obtained CFHT optical and near-IR images over the entire AKARI NEP deep field. These new CFHT images are used to derive accurate photometric redshifts, allowing us to fully exploit the whole AKARI NEP deep field. AKARI's deep, continuous filter coverage in the mid-IR wavelengths (2.4, 3.2, 4.1, 7, 9, 11, 15, 18, and 24$\mu$m) exists nowhere else, due to filter gaps of other space telescopes. It allows us to estimate restframe 8$\mu$m and 12$\mu$m luminosities without using a large extrapolation based on spectral energy distribution (SED) fitting, which was the largest uncertainty in previous studies. Total infrared luminosity (TIR) is also obtained more reliably due to the superior filter coverage. The resulting restframe 8$\mu$m, 12$\mu$m, and TIR LFs at $0.15

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