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  • S. M. Stach
  • U. Dudzevičiūtė
  • I. Smail
  • A. M. Swinbank
  • F. X. An
  • O. Almaini
  • V. Arumugam
  • A. W. Blain
  • S. C. Chapman
  • C. J. Conselice
  • E. A. Cooke
  • E. da Cunha
  • J. S. Dunlop
  • D. Farrah
  • B. Gullberg
  • J. A. Hodge
  • R. J. Ivison
  • Dale D. Kocevski
  • M. J. Michałowski
  • Takamitsu Miyaji
  • D. Scott
  • J. L. Wardlow
  • Axel Weiss
  • P. van der Werf
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Original languageEnglish
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Journal publication date28 May 2019
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 28 May 2019


We present the catalogue and properties of sources in AS2UDS, an 870-$\mu$m 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 $>$\,4.3$\sigma$ significance across the $\sim$\,1-degree diameter field. We combine our precise ALMA positions with the extensive multi-wavelength coverage in the UDS field to fit the spectral energy distributions of our SMGs to derive a median redshift of $z_{\rm phot}=$\,2.61$\pm$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 $>$\,4.3$\sigma$ SMG, but we demonstrate from stacking {\it 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 $z_{\rm phot}=$\,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 $z\sim$\,2, finding reasonable agreement -- in support of an evolutionary connection between these two classes of massive galaxy.


Submitted to MNRAS; Comments welcome. Full catalogue will be made publicly available on acceptance of paper

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