Evolution of star formation in the UKIDSS Ultra Deep Survey Field - II: Star formation as a function of stellar mass between z=1.46 and z=0.63

Alyssa B. Drake, Chris Simpson, Ivan K. Baldry, Phil A. James, Chris A. Collins, Masami Ouchi, Suraphong Yuma, James S. Dunlop, Daniel Smith

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Abstract

We present new results on the evolution of the cosmic star formation rate as a function of stellar mass in the SXDS-UDS field. We make use of narrow-band selected emission line galaxies in four redshift slices between z = 1.46 and z = 0.63, and compute stellar masses by fitting a series of templates to recreate each galaxy's star formation history. We determine mass-binned luminosity functions in each redshift slice, and derive the star formation rate density (rhoSFR) as a function of mass using the [OIII] or [OII] emission lines. We calculate dust extinction and metallicity as a function of stellar mass, and investigate the effect of these corrections on the shape of the overall rhoSFR(M). We find that both these corrections are crucial for determining the shape of the rhoSFR(M), and its evolution with redshift. The fully corrected rhoSFR(M) is a relatively flat distribution, with the normalisation moving towards lower values of rhoSFR with increasing cosmic time/decreasing redshift, and requiring star formation to be truncated across all masses studied here. The peak of rhoSFR(M) is found in the 10^10.5Msun10^7.0Msun
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2015-2025
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume454
Issue number2
Early online date13 Oct 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015

Keywords

  • astro-ph.GA
  • astro-ph.CO

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