A Combined EIS-NVSS Survey Of Radio Sources (CENSORS) - III. Spectroscopic observations

M. H. Brookes, P. N. Best, J. A. Peacock, H. J. A. Röttgering, J. S. Dunlop

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Abstract

The Combined EIS-NVSS Survey Of Radio Sources (CENSORS) is a 1.4-GHz radio survey selected from the NRAO VLA Sky Survey (NVSS) and complete to a flux density of 7.2 mJy. It targets the ESO Imaging Survey (EIS) Patch D, which is a 3 x 2-deg(2) field centred on 09(h)51(m)36(s).0-21 degrees 00'00 '' (J2000). This paper presents the results of spectroscopic observations of 143 of the 150 CENSORS sources. The primary motivation for these observations is to achieve sufficient spectroscopic completeness so that the sample may be used to investigate the evolution of radio sources.

The observations result in secure spectroscopic redshifts for 63 per cent of the sample and likely redshifts (based on a single emission line, for example) for a further 8 per cent. Following the identification of the quasars and star-forming galaxies in the CENSORS sample, estimated redshifts are calculated for the remainder of the sample via the K - z relation for radio galaxies.

Comparison of the redshift distribution of the CENSORS radio sources to distributions predicted by the various radio luminosity function evolution models of Dunlop & Peacock, results in no good match. This demonstrates that this sample can be used to expand upon previous work in that field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1297-1326
Number of pages30
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume385
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2008

Keywords

  • surveys
  • galaxies : active
  • galaxies : luminosity function, mass function
  • radio continuum : galaxies
  • ACTIVE GALACTIC NUCLEI
  • K-Z RELATION
  • PARKES SELECTED REGIONS
  • STAR-FORMING GALAXIES
  • 7C REDSHIFT SURVEY
  • DIGITAL SKY SURVEY
  • LUMINOSITY FUNCTION
  • SPACE DENSITY
  • INFRARED OBSERVATIONS
  • STELLAR POPULATIONS

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