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An ALMA survey of the SCUBA-2 cosmology legacy survey UKIDSS/UDS field : source catalogue and properties.

Stach, S.M. and Dudzevičiūtė, U. and Smail, I. and Swinbank, A.M. and Geach, J.E. and Simpson, J.M. and An, F.X. and Almaini, O. and Arumugam, V. and Blain, A.W. and Chapman, S.C. and Chen, C-C. and Conselice, C.F. and Cooke, E.A. and Coppin, K.E.K. and da Cunha, E. and Dunlop, J.S. and Farrah, D. and Gullberg, B. and Hodge, J.A. and Ivison, R. and Kocevski, D.D. and Michałowski, M.J. and Miyaji, T. and Scott, D. and Thomson, A.P. and Wardlow, J.L. and Weiss, A. and Werf, P. van der (2019) 'An ALMA survey of the SCUBA-2 cosmology legacy survey UKIDSS/UDS field : source catalogue and properties.', Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society., 487 (4). pp. 4648-4668.


We present the catalogue and basic properties of sources in AS2UDS, an 870-μm continuum survey with the Atacama Large Millimetre/sub-millimetre Array (ALMA) of 716 single-dish sub-millimetre sources detected in the UKIDSS/UDS field by the SCUBA-2 Cosmology Legacy Survey. In our sensitive ALMA follow-up observations we detect 708 sub-millimetre galaxies (SMGs) at > 4.3σ significance across the ∼ 1-degree diameter field. We combine our precise ALMA positions with the extensive multi-wavelength coverage in the UDS field which yields spectral energy distributions for our SMGs and a median redshift of zphot = 2.61±0.09. This large sample reveals a statistically significant trend of increasing sub-millimetre flux with redshift suggestive of galaxy downsizing. 101 ALMA maps do not show a > 4.3σ SMG, but we demonstrate from stacking Herschel SPIRE observations at these positions, that the vast majority of these blank maps correspond to real single-dish sub-millimetre sources. We further show that these blank maps contain an excess of galaxies at zphot = 1.5–4 compared to random fields, similar to the redshift range of the ALMA-detected SMGs. In addition, we combine X-ray and mid-infrared active galaxy nuclei activity (AGN) indicators to yield a likely range for the AGN fraction of 8–28 % in our sample. Finally, we compare the redshifts of this population of high-redshift, strongly star-forming galaxies with the inferred formation redshifts of massive, passive galaxies being found out to z ∼ 2, finding reasonable agreement – in support of an evolutionary connection between these two classes of massive galaxy.

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Publisher statement:© 2019 The Author(s). Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Date accepted:28 May 2019
Date deposited:06 June 2019
Date of first online publication:06 June 2019
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