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Herschel-ATLAS : extragalactic number counts from 250 to 500 microns

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Aims. The Herschel-ATLAS survey (H-ATLAS) will be the largest area survey to be undertaken by the Herschel Space Observatory. It will cover 550 sq. deg. of extragalactic sky at wavelengths of 100, 160, 250, 350 and 500 mu m when completed, reaching flux limits (5 sigma) from 32 to 145 mJy. We here present galaxy number counts obtained for SPIRE observations of the first similar to 14 sq. deg. observed at 250, 350 and 500 mu m. Methods. Number counts are a fundamental tool in constraining models of galaxy evolution. We use source catalogs extracted from the H-ATLAS maps as the basis for such an analysis. Correction factors for completeness and flux boosting are derived by applying our extraction method to model catalogs and then applied to the raw observational counts. Results. We find a steep rise in the number counts at flux levels of 100-200 mJy in all three SPIRE bands, consistent with results from BLAST. The counts are compared to a range of galaxy evolution models. None of the current models is an ideal fit to the data but all ascribe the steep rise to a population of luminous, rapidly evolving dusty galaxies at moderate to high redshift.
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infrared: galaxies, submillimeter: galaxies, galaxies: statistics, galaxies: evolution, SUBMILLIMETER GALAXIES, STAR-FORMATION, SURVEY SHADES, SPITZER, PREDICTIONS, MODEL, EVOLUTION, UNIVERSE, FIELD, MAPS

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Clements, DL, E Rigby, S Maddox, L Dunne, A Mortier, C Pearson, A Amblard, et al. 2010. “Herschel-ATLAS : Extragalactic Number Counts from 250 to 500 Microns.” Astronomy & Astrophysics 518.
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Clements, D., Rigby, E., Maddox, S., Dunne, L., Mortier, A., Pearson, C., Amblard, A., et al. (2010). Herschel-ATLAS : extragalactic number counts from 250 to 500 microns. ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS, 518.
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Clements D, Rigby E, Maddox S, Dunne L, Mortier A, Pearson C, et al. Herschel-ATLAS : extragalactic number counts from 250 to 500 microns. ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS. 2010;518.
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Clements, DL, E Rigby, S Maddox, et al. “Herschel-ATLAS : Extragalactic Number Counts from 250 to 500 Microns.” ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS 518 (2010): n. pag. Print.
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  abstract     = {Aims. The Herschel-ATLAS survey (H-ATLAS) will be the largest area survey to be undertaken by the Herschel Space Observatory. It will cover 550 sq. deg. of extragalactic sky at wavelengths of 100, 160, 250, 350 and 500 mu m when completed, reaching flux limits (5 sigma) from 32 to 145 mJy. We here present galaxy number counts obtained for SPIRE observations of the first similar to 14 sq. deg. observed at 250, 350 and 500 mu m.
Methods. Number counts are a fundamental tool in constraining models of galaxy evolution. We use source catalogs extracted from the H-ATLAS maps as the basis for such an analysis. Correction factors for completeness and flux boosting are derived by applying our extraction method to model catalogs and then applied to the raw observational counts.
Results. We find a steep rise in the number counts at flux levels of 100-200 mJy in all three SPIRE bands, consistent with results from BLAST. The counts are compared to a range of galaxy evolution models. None of the current models is an ideal fit to the data but all ascribe the steep rise to a population of luminous, rapidly evolving dusty galaxies at moderate to high redshift.},
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  author       = {Clements, DL and Rigby, E and Maddox, S and Dunne, L and Mortier, A and Pearson, C and Amblard, A and Auld, R and Baes, Maarten and Bonfield, D and Burgarella, D and Buttiglione, S and Cava, A and Cooray, A and Dariush, A and de Zotti, G and Dye, S and Eales, S and Frayer, D and Fritz, Jacopo and Gardner, JP and Gonzalez-Nuevo, J and Herranz, D and Ibar, E and Ivison, R and Jarvis, MJ and Lagache, G and Leeuw, L and Lopez-Caniego, M and Negrello, M and Pascale, E and Pohlen, M and Rodighiero, G and Samui, S and Serjeant, S and Sibthorpe, B and Scott, D and Smith, DJB and Temi, P and Thompson, M and Valtchanov, I and van der Werf, P and Verma, A},
  issn         = {0004-6361},
  journal      = {ASTRONOMY \& ASTROPHYSICS},
  keyword      = {infrared: galaxies,submillimeter: galaxies,galaxies: statistics,galaxies: evolution,SUBMILLIMETER GALAXIES,STAR-FORMATION,SURVEY SHADES,SPITZER,PREDICTIONS,MODEL,EVOLUTION,UNIVERSE,FIELD,MAPS},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {4},
  title        = {Herschel-ATLAS : extragalactic number counts from 250 to 500 microns},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201014581},
  volume       = {518},
  year         = {2010},
}

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