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An ALMA survey of the SCUBA-2 Cosmology Legacy Survey UKIDSS/UDS field: Source catalogue and properties

Stach, Stuart M.; Dudzevi?i?t?, U .; Small, Ian; Swinbank, A.M.; Geach, J.E.; Simpson, J.M.; Xia An, Fang; Almaini, Omar; Arumugam, Vinodiran; Blain, A.W.; Chapman, S.C.; Chen, Chian-Chou; Sonselice, C.J.; Cooke, E.A.; Coppin, K.E.K.; da Cunha, E.; Dunlop, J.S.; Farrah, Duncan; Gullberg, B.; Hodge, J.A.; Ivison, R.J.; Kocevski, Dale D.; Micha?owski, M.J.; Miyaji, Takamitsu; Scott, Douglas; Thomson, A.P.; Wardlow, J.L.; Weiss, Axel; van der Werf, P.


Stuart M. Stach

U . Dudzevi?i?t?

Ian Small

A.M. Swinbank

J.E. Geach

J.M. Simpson

Fang Xia An

Professor of Astrophysics

Vinodiran Arumugam

A.W. Blain

S.C. Chapman

Chian-Chou Chen

C.J. Sonselice

E.A. Cooke

K.E.K. Coppin

E. da Cunha

J.S. Dunlop

Duncan Farrah

B. Gullberg

J.A. Hodge

R.J. Ivison

Dale D. Kocevski

M.J. Micha?owski

Takamitsu Miyaji

Douglas Scott

A.P. Thomson

J.L. Wardlow

Axel Weiss

P. van der Werf


© 2019 The Author(s). We present the catalogue and basic properties of sources in AS2UDS, an 870-\mum continuum survey with the Atacama Large Millimetre/sub-millimetre Array (ALMA) of 716 single-dish sub-millimetre sources detected in the UKIDSS/UDS field by the SCUBA-2 Cosmology Legacy Survey. In our sensitive ALMA follow-up observations, we detect 708 sub-millimetre galaxies (SMGs) at >4.3σ significance across the ∼1°-diameter field. We combine our precise ALMA positions with the extensive multiwavelength coverage in the UDS field which yields spectral energy distributions for our SMGs and a median redshift of zphot = 2.61 ± 0.09. This large sample reveals a statistically significant trend of increasing sub-millimetre flux with redshift suggestive of galaxy downsizing. 101 ALMA maps do not show a > 4.3σ SMG, but we demonstrate from stacking Herschel SPIRE observations at these positions, that the vast majority of these blank maps correspond to real single-dish sub-millimetre sources. We further show that these blank maps contain an excess of galaxies at zphot = 1.5-4 compared to random fields, similar to the redshift range of the ALMA-detected SMGs. In addition, we combine X-ray and mid-infrared active galaxy nuclei activity (AGN) indicators to yield a likely range for the AGN fraction of 8-28 per cent in our sample. Finally, we compare the redshifts of this population of high-redshift, strongly star-forming galaxies with the inferred formation redshifts of massive, passive galaxies being found out to z ∼ 2, finding reasonable agreement - in support of an evolutionary connection between these two classes of massive galaxy.


Stach, S. M., Dudzevičiūtė, U. .., Small, I., Swinbank, A., Geach, J., Simpson, J., …van der Werf, P. (2019). An ALMA survey of the SCUBA-2 Cosmology Legacy Survey UKIDSS/UDS field: Source catalogue and properties. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 487(4), 4648–4668.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 28, 2019
Online Publication Date Jun 6, 2019
Publication Date 2019-08
Deposit Date Jun 10, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jun 10, 2019
Journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Print ISSN 0035-8711
Electronic ISSN 1365-2966
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 487
Issue 4
Pages 4648–4668
Keywords Space and Planetary Science; Astronomy and Astrophysics
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Additional Information This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society following peer review. The version of record Stuart M Stach, U Dudzevi?i?t?, Ian Smail, A M Swinbank, J E Geach, J M Simpson, Fang Xia An, Omar Almaini, Vinodiran Arumugam, A W Blain, S C Chapman, Chian-Chou Chen, C J Conselice, E A Cooke, K E K Coppin, E da Cunha, J S Dunlop, Duncan Farrah, B Gullberg, J A Hodge, R Ivison, Dale D Kocevski, M J Micha?owski, Takamitsu Miyaji, Douglas Scott, A P Thomson, J L Wardlow, Axel Weiss, P van der Werf, An ALMA survey of the SCUBA-2 Cosmology Legacy Survey UKIDSS/UDS field: Source catalogue and properties, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, , stz1536 is available online at:


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