skip to main content


Title: Luminosity function of [OII] emission-line galaxies in the MassiveBlack-II simulation

We examine the luminosity function (LF) of [OII] emission-line galaxies in the high-resolution cosmological simulation MassiveBlack-II (MBII). From the spectral energy distribution of each galaxy, we select a sub-sample of star-forming galaxies at 0.06 ≤ z ≤ 3.0 using the [OII] emission line luminosity L([OII]). We confirm that the specific star formation rate matches that in the Galaxy And Mass Assembly survey. We show that the [OII] LF at z = 1.0 from the MBII shows good agreement with the LFs from several surveys below L([OII]) = 10 43.0 erg s –1 while the low redshifts (z ≤ 0.3) show an excess in the prediction of bright [OII] galaxies, but still displaying a good match with observations below L([OII]) = 10 41.6 erg s –1. Based on the validity in reproducing the properties of [OII] galaxies at low redshift (z ≤ 1), we forecast the evolution of the [OII] LF at high redshift (z ≤ 3), which can be tested by upcoming surveys such as the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment and Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument. The slopes of the LFs at bright and faint ends range from –3 to –2 showing minima at z = 2. The slope ofmore » the bright end evolves approximately as (z + 1) –1 at z ≤ 2 while the faint end evolves as ~3(z + 1) –1 at 0.6 ≤ z ≤ 2. In addition, a similar analysis is applied for the evolution of [OIII] LFs, which is to be explored in the forthcoming survey Wide-Field InfraRed Survey Telescope-Astrophysics Focused Telescope Assets. As a result, we show that the auto-correlation function of [OII] and [OIII] emitting galaxies shows a rapid evolution from z = 2 to 1.« less
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [3] ;  [3] ;  [4] ;  [5]
  1. Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA (United States); Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA (United States)
  2. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); National Institute of Science Education and Research, Odisha (India)
  3. Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA (United States)
  4. Univ. of Sussex, Brighton (United Kingdom)
  5. Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA (United States); Berkeley Center for Cosmological Science, Berkeley, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0035-8711; KA2301020
Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 454; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 0035-8711
Royal Astronomical Society
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25)
Country of Publication:
United States
79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; cosmology: theory; galaxies: evolution; galaxies: luminosity function; mass function; stars: formation; methods: numerical
OSTI Identifier: