The SCUBA Half-Degree Extragalactic Survey (SHADES) - VIII: The Nature of Faint Submillimetre Galaxies in SHADES, SWIRE and SXDF Surveys

D. L. Clements, M. Vaccari, T. Babbedge, S. Oliver, M. Rowan-Robinson, P. Davoodi, R. Ivison, D. Farrah, J. Dunlop, D. Shupe, I. Waddington, C. Simpson, H. Furusawa, S. Serjeant, A. Afonso-Luis, D.M. Alexander, I. Aretxaga, A. Blain, C. Borys, S. ChapmanKristen Coppin, L. Dunne, S. Dye, S. A. Eales, T. Evans, F. Fang, D. Frayer, M. Fox, W.K. Gear, T.R. Greve, M. Halpern, D.H. Hughes, T. Jenness, C.J. Lonsdale, Angela M. J. Mortier, M.J. Page, A. Pope, Robert Stephen Priddey, S. Rawlings, R.S. Savage, D. Scott, S.E. Scott, K. Sekiguchi, I. Smail, H.E. Smith, Jason Stevens, J. Surace, T. Takagi, E. van Kampen

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We present the optical-to-submm spectral energy distributions for 33 radio & mid-IR identified submillimetre galaxies discovered via the SHADES 850μm SCUBA imaging in the Subaru-XMM Deep Field (SXDF). Optical data for the sources comes from the Subaru-XMM Deep Field (SXDF) and mid- and far-IR fluxes from SWIRE. We obtain photometric redshift estimates for our sources using optical and IRAC 3.6 and 4.5 μm fluxes. We then fit spectral energy distribution (SED) templates to the longer wavelength data to determine the nature of the far-IR emission that dominates the bolometric luminosity of these sources. The infrared template fits are also used to resolve ambiguous identifications and cases of redshift aliasing. The redshift distribution obtained broadly matches previous results for submm sources and on the SHADES SXDF field. Our template fitting finds that AGN, while present in about 10% of our sources, do not contribute significantly to their bolometric luminosity. Dust heating by starbursts, with either Arp220 or M82 type SEDs, appears to be responsible for the luminosity in most sources (23/33 are fitted by Arp220 templates, 2/33 by the warmer M82 templates). 8/33 sources, in contrast, are fit by a cooler cirrus dust template, suggesting that cold dust has a role in some of these highly luminous objects. Three of our sources appear to have multiple identifications or components at the same redshift, but we find no statistical evidence that close associations are common among our SHADES sources. Examination of rest-frame K-band luminosity suggests that ’downsizing’ is underway in the submm galaxy population, with lower redshift systems lying in lower mass host galaxies. Of our 33 identifications six are found to be of lower reliability but their exclusion would not significantly alter our conclusions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-267
Number of pages21
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • galaxies: high-redshift , infrared: galaxies , submillimetre


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