DISCOVERY OF z similar to 8 GALAXIES IN THE HUBBLE ULTRA DEEP FIELD FROM ULTRA-DEEP WFC3/IR OBSERVATIONS
RJ Bouwens, GD Illingworth, PA Oesch, M Stiavelli, P van Dokkum, M Trenti, D Magee, I Labbe, M Franx, CM Carollo, V Gonzalez
The Astrophysical Journal Letters | IOP PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2010
We utilize the newly acquired, ultra-deep WFC3/IR observations over the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF) to search for star-forming galaxies at z ∼ 8-8.5, only 600 million years from recombination, using a Y - dropout selection. The new 4.7 arcmin WFC3/IR observations reach to 28.8 ABmag (5σ) in the Y J H bands. These remarkable data reach ∼1.5 AB mag deeper than the previous data over the HUDF, and now are an excellent match to the HUDF optical ACS data. For our search criteria, we use a two-color Lyman break selection technique to identify z ∼ 8-8.5Y -dropouts. We find five likely z ∼ 8-8.5 candidates. The sources have H -band magnitudes of 28.3 ABmag and very blue UV-continuum slo..View full abstract
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