Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA): maximum-likelihood determination of the luminosity function and its evolution

Loveday, J, Norberg, P, Baldry, I K, Bland-Hawthorn, J, Brough, S, Brown, M J I, Driver, S P, Kelvin, L S and Phillipps, S (2015) Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA): maximum-likelihood determination of the luminosity function and its evolution. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 451 (2). pp. 1540-1552. ISSN 0035-8711

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Abstract

We describe modifications to the joint stepwise maximum-likelihood method of Cole in order to simultaneously fit the Galaxy and Mass Assembly II galaxy luminosity function (LF), corrected for radial density variations, and its evolution with redshift. The whole sample is reasonably well fitted with luminosity (Qe) and density (Pe) evolution parameters Qe, Pe ≈ 1.0, 1.0 but with significant degeneracies characterized by Qe ≈ 1.4 − 0.4Pe. Blue galaxies exhibit larger luminosity density evolution than red galaxies, as expected. We present the evolution-corrected r-band LF for the whole sample and for blue and red subsamples, using both Petrosian and Sérsic magnitudes. Petrosian magnitudes miss a substantial fraction of the flux of de Vaucouleurs profile galaxies: the Sérsic LF is substantially higher than the Petrosian LF at the bright end.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Depositing User: Jonathan Loveday
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2015 14:36
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 09:27
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/54977

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