Evolution of cosmic star formation in the SCUBA-2 Cosmology Legacy Survey

Bourne, N. and Dunlop, J.S. and Merlin, E. and Parsa, S. and Schreiber, C. and Castellano, M. and Conselice, C.J. and Coppin, K.E.K. and Farrah, D. and Fontana, A. and Geach, J.E. and Halpern, M. and Knudsen, K.K. and Michałowski, M.J. and Mortlock, A. and Santini, P. and Scott, D. and Shu, X.W. and Simpson, C. and Simpson, J.M. and Smith, D.J.B. and van der Werf, P.P. (2017) Evolution of cosmic star formation in the SCUBA-2 Cosmology Legacy Survey. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 467 (2). pp. 1360-1385. ISSN 1365-2966

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Abstract

We present a new exploration of the cosmic star formation history and dust obscuration in massive galaxies at redshifts 0.5 < z < 6. We utilize the deepest 450- and 850-μm imaging from SCUBA-2 CLS, covering 230 arcmin2 in the AEGIS, COSMOS and UDS fields, together with 100–250 μm imaging from Herschel. We demonstrate the capability of the t-phot deconfusion code to reach below the confusion limit, using multiwavelength prior catalogues from CANDELS/3D-HST. By combining IR and UV data, we measure the relationship between total star formation rate (SFR) and stellar mass up to z ∼ 5, indicating that UV-derived dust corrections underestimate the SFR in massive galaxies. We investigate the relationship between obscuration and the UV slope (the IRX–β relation) in our sample, which is similar to that of low-redshift starburst galaxies, although it deviates at high stellar masses. Our data provide new measurements of the total SFR density (SFRD) in M∗>1010M⊙ galaxies at 0.5 < z < 6. This is dominated by obscured star formation by a factor of >10. One third of this is accounted for by 450-μm-detected sources, while one-fifth is attributed to UV-luminous sources (brighter than L∗UV), although even these are largely obscured. By extrapolating our results to include all stellar masses, we estimate a total SFRD that is in good agreement with previous results from IR and UV data at z ≲ 3, and from UV-only data at z ∼ 5. The cosmic star formation history undergoes a transition at z ∼ 3–4, as predominantly unobscured growth in the early Universe is overtaken by obscured star formation, driven by the build-up of the most massive galaxies during the peak of cosmic assembly.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©: 2017 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
Keywords: methods: statistical, galaxies: high-redshift, submillimetre: diffuse background, submillimetre: galaxies
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Physics and Astronomy
Identification Number: 10.1093/mnras/stx031
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2017 12:11
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2017 22:56
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/43608

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