Source counts at 7.7–21 μm in CEERS field with JWST

Wu, Cossas K.W. and Ling, Chih Teng and Goto, Tomotsugu and Kim, Seong Jin and Hashimoto, Tetsuya and Kilerci, Ece and Lin, Yu Wei and Wang, Po Ya and Uno, Yuri and Ho, Simon C.C. and Hsiao, Tiger Yu Yang (2023) Source counts at 7.7–21 μm in CEERS field with JWST. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 523 (4). pp. 5187-5197. ISSN 0035-8711 (Print) 1365-2966 (Online)

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Source counts – the number density of sources as a function of flux density – represent one of the fundamental metrics in observational cosmology due to their straightforward and simple nature. It is an important tool that provides information on galaxy formation and evolution. Source counting is a direct measurement. Compared to advanced analyses that require more observational input such as luminosity/mass functions, it is less affected by any cosmological parameter assumptions or any errors propagated from luminosities. In this study, we present source counts at the six mid-infrared (MIR) bands, i.e. 7.7, 10, 12.8, 15, 18, and 21 μm from the MIR instrument of the JWST. Contrasted with the infrared source counts achieved by prior generations of infrared space telescopes, our source counts delve up to ∼100 times deeper, showcasing the exceptional sensitivity of the JWST, and aligning with the model predictions based on preceding observations. In a follow-up study, we utilize our source counts to establish a new IR galaxy population evolutionary model that provides a physical interpretation.
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: galaxies: evolution – infrared: galaxies
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Depositing User: Ece Kilerci
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2023 17:28
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2023 17:28

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