Understanding the nature of the optically faint radio sources and their connection to the submillimeter population
Chapman, Scott C.
Lewis, Geraint F.
Richards, Eric A.
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We present a sample of 43 submillimeter sources detected (at >3 sigma), drawn from our program to follow-up optically faint radio sources with SCUBA. These sources already have associated radio and in many cases optical identifications, and many are also detected at 450 microns. We compare these with 12 submillimeter sources drawn from the literature, which were discovered in blank field mapping campaigns, but also have radio detections. We then use this total sample (55 sources) to study and model the evolution of dusty galaxies. A correlation is observed in the sub-mm/radio color-magnitude diagram, which can be modeled by strong luminosity evolution. The selection effects of the radio/optical pre-selection technique are determined from the models, and a corrected redshift distribution is constrained using a range of model assumptions. The temperature/redshift effects on the 450 microns detected subset of our sample are studied in relation to the models, and prospects for improved measurements in the shorter sub-mm wavelength windows (450 microns and 350 microns) are explored.
Chapman, Scott C., Geraint F. Lewis, Douglas Scott, Colin Borys, et al. 2002. "Understanding the nature of the optically faint radio sources and their connection to the submillimeter population." The Astrophysical Journal 570(2): 557-572