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Proposal Information for 2010B-0583


PI: Dominic Benford, NASA / GSFC, dominic.benford@nasa.gov
Address: Observational Cosmology, Code 665, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

CoI: Adam Stanford, U.C. Davis
CoI: Tom Jarrett, IPAC
CoI: Lin Yan, IPAC
CoI: Peter Eisenhardt, JPL
CoI: Carol Lonsdale, NRAO
CoI: Ned Wright, UCLA
CoI: Chao-Wei Tsai, IPAC
CoI: Andrew Blain, Caltech
CoI: Roc Cutri, IPAC

Title: Identiļ¬cations of The Most Luminous, Highest-Redshift Objects Discovered by WISE (Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer)

Abstract: We request 4 nights to obtain KPNO/FLAMINGOS near-IR photometry and spectroscopy follow-up observations of a sample of extremely luminous, z > 1 galaxy candidates selected from WISE, a new NASA mission which is in the process of surveying the whole sky at 3.4,4.6,12 and 22 (micron) in 6 months (Jan-July 2010). The candidates are selected to have mid-IR colors indicating starburst-dominated spectra at redshifts of z=1.2 - 3, but are 100 times more luminous than local ULIRGs with L_FIR > 10^14 L_\odot, called extreme hyperluminous infrared galaxies (eHyLIRGs). In combination with the WISE mid-infrared photometry, the near-IR photometric and spectroscopic observations will allow us to distinguish high-z targets from local red populations, determine the luminosity, and further study the star formation activity from hydrogen recombination lines, extinction toward the star formation regions, and SED modeling on the stellar population of these galaxies.


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