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Title: A search for moderate-redshift survivors from the population of luminous compact passive galaxies at high redshift

From a search of a ∼2400 deg{sup 2} region covered by both the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and UKIRT Infrared Deep Sky Survey databases, we have attempted to identify galaxies at z ∼ 0.5 that are consistent with their being essentially unmodified examples of the luminous passive compact galaxies found at z ∼ 2.5. After isolating good candidates via deeper imaging, we further refine the sample with Keck moderate-resolution spectroscopy and laser guide star adaptive-optics imaging. For four of the five galaxies that so far remain after passing through this sieve, we analyze plausible star-formation histories based on our spectra in order to identify galaxies that may have survived with little modification from the population formed at high redshift. We find two galaxies that are consistent with having formed ≳ 95% of their mass at z > 5. We attempt to estimate masses both from our stellar population determinations and from velocity dispersions. Given the high frequency of small axial ratios, both in our small sample and among samples found at high redshifts, we tentatively suggest that some of the more extreme examples of passive compact galaxies may have prolate morphologies.
Authors:
; ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822 (United States)
  2. Now at Department of Astronomy, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712, USA. (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22348250
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 780; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; AXIAL RATIO; GALAXIES; MASS; MODIFICATIONS; OPTICS; RED SHIFT; RESOLUTION; SKY; SPECTRA; SPECTROSCOPY; STARS