A. van der Wel, A. N. Straughn, H. -W. Rix, S. L. Finkelstein, A. M. Koekemoer, B. J. Weiner, S. Wuyts, E. F. Bell, S. M. Faber, J. R. Trump, D. C. Koo, H. C. Ferguson, C. Scarlata, N. P. Hathi, J. S. Dunlop, J. A. Newman, M. Dickinson, K. Jahnke, B. W. Salmon, D. F. de MelloD. D. Kocevski, K. Lai, N. A. Grogin, S. A. Rodney, Yicheng Guo, E. J. McGrath, K. -S. Lee, G. Barro, K. -H. Huang, A. G. Riess, M. L. N. Ashby, S. P. Willner

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We identify an abundant population of extreme emission-line galaxies (EELGs) at redshift z similar to 1.7 in the Cosmic Assembly Near-IR Deep Extragalactic Legacy Survey imaging from Hubble Space Telescope/Wide Field Camera 3 (HST/WFC3). Sixty-nine EELG candidates are selected by the large contribution of exceptionally bright emission lines to their near-infrared broadband magnitudes. Supported by spectroscopic confirmation of strong [OIII] emission lines-with rest-frame equivalent widths similar to 1000 angstrom-in the four candidates that have HST/WFC3 grism observations, we conclude that these objects are galaxies with similar to 10(8) M-circle dot in stellar mass, undergoing an enormous starburst phase with M-*/(M) over dot(*) of only similar to 15 Myr. These bursts may cause outflows that are strong enough to produce cored dark matter profiles in low-mass galaxies. The individual star formation rates and the comoving number density (3.7 x 10(-4) Mpc(-3)) can produce in similar to 4 Gyr much of the stellar mass density that is presently contained in 10(8)-10(9) M-circle dot dwarf galaxies. Therefore, our observations provide a strong indication that many or even most of the stars in present-day dwarf galaxies formed in strong, short-lived bursts, mostly at z > 1.

Original languageEnglish
Article number111
Pages (from-to)-
Number of pages10
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011


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