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AKARI/IRC source catalogues and source counts for the IRAC Dark Field, ELAIS North and the AKARI Deep Field South

Davidge, H.; Serjeant, S.; Pearson, Chris; Matsuhara, H.; Wada, T.; Dryer, B. and Barrufet, L. (2017). AKARI/IRC source catalogues and source counts for the IRAC Dark Field, ELAIS North and the AKARI Deep Field South. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 472(4) pp. 4259–4286.

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We present the first detailed analysis of three extragalactic fields (IRAC Dark Field, ELAIS-N1, ADF-S) observed by the infrared satellite, AKARI, using an optimized data analysis toolkit specifically for the processing of extragalactic point sources. The InfaRed Camera (IRC) on AKARI complements the SpitzerSpace Telescope via its comprehensive coverage between 8–24 μm filling the gap between the Spitzer/IRAC and MIPS instruments. Source counts in the AKARI bands at 3.2, 4.1, 7, 11, 15 and 18 μm are presented. At near-infrared wavelengths, our source counts are consistent with counts made in other AKARI fields and in general with SpitzerIRAC (except at 3.2 μm where our counts lie above). In the mid-infrared (11 – 18 μm), we find our counts are consistent with both previous surveys by AKARI and the Spitzer peak-up imaging survey with the InfraRed Spectrograph (IRS). Using our counts to constrain contemporary evolutionary models, we find that although the models and counts are in agreement at mid-infrared wavelengths there are inconsistencies at wavelengths shortward of 7 μm, suggesting either a problem with stellar subtraction or indicating the need for refinement of the stellar population models. We have also investigated the AKARI/IRC filters, and find an active galactic nucleus selection criteria out to z < 2 on the basis of AKARI 4.1, 11, 15 and 18 μm colours.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 The Authors
ISSN: 1365-2966
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
DTG Quota Studentships 2012 (SP-12-071-MG)ST/K502212/1STFC (Science & Technology Facilities Council)
Keywords: methods data analysis; catalogues; surveys; infrared: galaxies
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 54965
Depositing User: ORO Import
Date Deposited: 04 May 2018 15:10
Last Modified: 02 May 2019 14:26
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