The Herschel-ATLAS: a sample of 500 μm-selected lensed galaxies over 600 deg2

Negrello, M. and Amber, S. and Amvrosiadis, A. and Cai, Z.-Y. and Lapi, A. and Gonzalez-Nuevo, J. and De Zotti, G. and Furlanetto, C. and Maddox, S.J. and Allen, M. and Bakx, T. and Bussmann, R.S. and Cooray, A. and Covone, G. and Danese, L. and Dannerbauer, H. and Fu, H. and Greenslade, J. and Gurwell, M. and Hopwood, R. and Koopmans, L.V.E. and Napolitano, N. and Nayyeri, H. and Omont, Alain and Petrillo, C.E. and Riechers, D.A. and Serjeant, S. and Tortora, C. and Valiante, E. and Verdoes Kleijn, G. and Vernardos, G. and Wardlow, J.L. and Baes, M. and Baker, A.J. and Bourne, N. and Clements, D. and Crawford, S.M. and Dye, S. and Dunne, L. and Eales, S. and Ivison, R.J. and Marchetti, L. and Michałowski, M.J. and Smith, M.W.L. and Vaccari, M. and van der Werf, Paul (2016) The Herschel-ATLAS: a sample of 500 μm-selected lensed galaxies over 600 deg2. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 465 (3). pp. 3558-3580. ISSN 1365-2966

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We present a sample of 80 candidate strongly lensed galaxies with flux density above 100 mJy at 500 μm extracted from the Herschel Astrophysical Terahertz Large Area Survey, over an area of 600 deg2. Available imaging and spectroscopic data allow us to confirm the strong lensing in 20 cases and to reject it in one case. For other eight objects, the lensing scenario is strongly supported by the presence of two sources along the same line of sight with distinct photometric redshifts. The remaining objects await more follow-up observations to confirm their nature. The lenses and the background sources have median redshifts zL = 0.6 and zS = 2.5, respectively, and are observed out to zL = 1.2 and zS = 4.2. We measure the number counts of candidate lensed galaxies at 500 μm and compare them with theoretical predictions, finding a good agreement for a maximum magnification of the background sources in the range 10–20. These values are consistent with the magnification factors derived from the lens modelling of individual systems. The catalogue presented here provides sub-mm bright targets for follow-up observations aimed at exploiting gravitational lensing, to study with unprecedented details the morphological and dynamical properties of dusty star-forming regions in z ≳ 1.5 galaxies.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©: 2016 The authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
Keywords: Gravitational lensing, Galaxies high-redshift, Submillimetre
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Physics and Astronomy
Identification Number: 10.1093/mnras/stw2911
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2017 07:57
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 21:11

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