Identifying and Characterizing the Most Heavily Dust-Obscured Galaxies at 1 < z < 4
Nicholas Martis (Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada)
I investigate a sample of color-selected galaxies from the UltraVISTA DR3 survey of the COSMOS field in an effort to identify and characterize the most heavily dust-obscured galaxies at 1<z<4. UV-MIR spectral energy distribution (SED) modeling that allows for extreme obscuration levels reveals a population of massive, dusty galaxies with as much as four magnitudes of extinction in the V-band. We perform a detailed analysis of 65 such galaxies including their full UV-FIR SEDs incorporating Herschel photometry, sizes using Hubble Space Telescope imaging when available, and star formation activity. Finally, a comparison of the physical properties of these galaxies to those of sub-millimeter galaxies as well as Herschel sources matched in redshift and stellar mass explores the overlap of selections based on dust emission rather than dust obscuration.
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