Far-infrared luminosity function of local star-forming galaxies in the AKARI Deep Field-South

Sedgwick, Chris; Serjeant, Stephen; Pearson, Chris; Matsuura, Shuji; Shirahata, Mai; Oyabu, Shinki; Goto, Tomotsugu; Matsuhara, Hideo; Clements, D. L.; Negrello, Mattia and White, Glenn J. (2011). Far-infrared luminosity function of local star-forming galaxies in the AKARI Deep Field-South. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 416(3) pp. 1862–1870.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2011.19156.x


We present a far-infrared galaxy luminosity function for the local universe. We have obtained 389 spectroscopic redshifts for galaxies observed at 90 μm in the AKARI Deep Field-South, using the AAOmega fibre spectrograph via optical identifications in the digitized sky survey and 4-m class optical imaging. For the luminosity function presented in this paper, we have used those galaxies which have redshifts 0 < z < 0.25, have optical magnitudes and are not part of a newly discovered cluster of galaxies (giving a total of 130 sources). Infrared and optical completeness functions were estimated using earlier Spitzer data and automated plate measurement (APM) B-band optical data, respectively, and the luminosity function has been prepared using the 1/Vmax method. We also separate the luminosity function between galaxies which show evidence of predominantly star-forming activity and predominantly active galactic nucleus (AGN) activity in their optical spectra. Our luminosity function is in good agreement with the previous 90-μm luminosity function from the European Large Area Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) Survey, and we also present a luminosity function with combined AKARI and ISO data. The result is in reasonable agreement with predictions based on the earlier Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS) 60-μm PSCz catalogue, and with a recent backward evolution model.

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