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Detection of the cosmic far-infrared background in AKARI Deep Field South

Matsuura, S.; Shirahata, M.; Kawada, M.; Takeuchi, T. T.; Burgarella, D.; Clements, D. L.; Jeong, W.-S.; Hanami, H.; Khan, S. A.; Matsuhara, H.; Nakagawa, T.; Oyabu, S.; Pearson, C. P.; Pollo, A.; Serjeant, S.; Takagi, T. and White, G. J. (2011). Detection of the cosmic far-infrared background in AKARI Deep Field South. The Astrophysical Journal, 737(1) p. 2.

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We report new limits on the absolute brightness and spatial fluctuations of the cosmic infrared background (CIB) via the AKARI satellite. We carried out observations at 65, 90, 140, and 160 μm as a cosmological survey in AKARI Deep Field South, which is one of the lowest cirrus regions with a contiguous area of the sky. After removing bright galaxies and subtracting zodiacal and Galactic foregrounds from the measured sky brightness, we successfully measured the CIB brightness and its fluctuations across a wide range of angular scales, from arcminutes to degrees. The measured CIB brightness is consistent with previous results reported from COBE data, but significantly higher than the lower limits at 70 and 160 μm obtained via Spitzer from the stacking analysis of selected 24 μm sources. The discrepancy with the Spitzer result is possibly due to a new galaxy population at high redshift obscured by hot dust or unknown diffuse emission. From a power spectrum analysis at 90 μm, two components were identified: the CIB fluctuations with shot noise due to individual galaxies in a small angular scale from the beam size up to 10 arcminutes, and Galactic cirrus emission dominating at the largest angular scales of a few degrees. The overall shape of the power spectrum at 90 μm is very similar to that at longer wavelengths, as observed by Spitzer and the Balloon-borne Large-Aperture Submillimeter Telescope (BLAST). Our power spectrum, with an intermediate angular scale of 10-30 arcminutes, gives a firm upper limit for galaxy clustering, which was found by Spitzer and BLAST. Moreover, the color of the CIB fluctuations, which is obtained by combining our data with the previous results, is as red as ultra-luminous infrared galaxies at high redshift. These galaxies are not likely to provide the majority of the CIB emission at 90 μm, but are responsible for the fluctuations. Our results provide new constraints on the evolution and clustering properties of distant infrared galaxies and any diffuse emission from the early universe.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 The American Astronomical Society
ISSN: 1538-4357
Extra Information: 19 pp.
Keywords: cosmology; observations; diffuse radiation; infrared; diffuse background; galaxies; large-scale structure of universe
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 31791
Depositing User: G. J. White
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2012 09:46
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2016 14:15
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