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The Herschel-ATLAS: a sample of 500μm-selected lensed galaxies over 600 deg2

Negrello, M.; Amber, S.; Amvrosiadis, A.; Cai, Z.-Y.; Lapi, A.; Gonzalez-Nuevo, J.; De Zotti, G.; Furlanetto, C.; Maddox, S. J.; Allen, M.; Bakx, T.; Bussmann, R. S.; Cooray, A.; Covone, G.; Danese, L.; Dannerbauer, H.; Fu, H.; Greenslade, J.; Gurwell, M.; Hopwood, R.; Koopmans, L. V. E.; Napolitano, N.; Nayyeri, H.; Omont, Alain; Petrillo, C. E.; Riechers, D. A.; Serjeant, S.; Tortora, C.; Valiante, E.; Verdoes Kleijn, G.; Vernardos, G.; Wardlow, J. L.; Baes, M.; Baker, A. J.; Bourne, N.; Clements, D.; Crawford, S. M.; Dye, S.; Dunne, L.; Eales, S.; Ivison, R. J.; Marchetti, L.; Micha?owski, M. J.; Smith, M. W. L.; Vaccari, M.; van der Werf, Paul

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M. Negrello

S. Amber

A. Amvrosiadis

Z.-Y. Cai

A. Lapi

J. Gonzalez-Nuevo

G. De Zotti

C. Furlanetto

S. J. Maddox

M. Allen

T. Bakx

R. S. Bussmann

A. Cooray

G. Covone

L. Danese

H. Dannerbauer

H. Fu

J. Greenslade

M. Gurwell

R. Hopwood

L. V. E. Koopmans

N. Napolitano

H. Nayyeri

Alain Omont

C. E. Petrillo

D. A. Riechers

S. Serjeant

C. Tortora

E. Valiante

G. Verdoes Kleijn

G. Vernardos

J. L. Wardlow

M. Baes

A. J. Baker

N. Bourne

D. Clements

S. M. Crawford

Associate Professor

L. Dunne

S. Eales

R. J. Ivison

L. Marchetti

M. J. Micha?owski

M. W. L. Smith

M. Vaccari

Paul van der Werf


We present a sample of 80 candidate strongly lensed galaxies with flux density above 100 mJy at 500 μm extracted from the Herschel Astrophysical Terahertz Large Area Survey, over an area of 600 deg2. Available imaging and spectroscopic data allow us to confirm the strong lensing in 20 cases and to reject it in one case. For other eight objects, the lensing scenario is strongly supported by the presence of two sources along the same line of sight with distinct photometric redshifts. The remaining objects await more follow-up observations to confirm their nature. The lenses and the background sources have median redshifts zL = 0.6 and zS = 2.5, respectively, and are observed out to zL = 1.2 and zS = 4.2. We measure the number counts of candidate lensed galaxies at 500 μm and compare them with theoretical predictions, finding a good agreement for a maximum magnification of the background sources in the range 10–20. These values are consistent with the magnification factors derived from the lens modelling of individual systems. The catalogue presented here provides sub-mm bright targets for follow-up observations aimed at exploiting gravitational lensing, to study with unprecedented details the morphological and dynamical properties of dusty star-forming regions in z ≳ 1.5 galaxies.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 7, 2016
Online Publication Date Nov 20, 2016
Publication Date Mar 1, 2017
Deposit Date Apr 27, 2017
Publicly Available Date Apr 27, 2017
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 465
Issue 3
Pages 3558-3580
Keywords Gravitational lensing, Galaxies high-redshift, Submillimetre
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Additional Information This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©: 2016 The authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.


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