The ultraviolet luminosity function of star-forming galaxies between redshifts of 0.6 and 1.2

Page, M. J.; Dwelly, T.; McHardy, I.; Seymour, N.; Mason, K. O.; Sharma, M.; Kennea, J. A.; Sasseen, T. P.; Rawlings, J. I.; Breeveld, A. A. et al.
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Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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We use ultraviolet (UV) imaging taken with the XMM-Newton Optical Monitor telescope (XMM-OM), covering 280 arcmin2 in the UVW1 band (λeff = 2910 Å) to measure rest-frame UV 1500-Å luminosity functions of galaxies with redshifts z between 0.6 and 1.2. The XMM-OM data are supplemented by a large body of optical and infrared imaging to provide photometric redshifts. The XMM-OM data have a significantly narrower point spread function (resulting in less source confusion) and simpler K-correction than the GALEX data previously employed in this redshift range. UV-bright active galactic nuclei are excluded to ensure that the luminosity functions relate directly to the star-forming galaxy population. Binned luminosity functions and parametric Schechter-function fits are derived in two redshift intervals: 0.6 < z < 0.8 and 0.8 < z < 1.2. We find that the luminosity function evolves such that the characteristic absolute magnitude M* is brighter for 0.8 < z < 1.2 than for 0.6 < z < 0.8.