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Deep 610-MHz Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope observations of the <i>Spitzer</i> extragalactic First Look Survey field – III. The radio properties of infrared-faint radio sources

Timothy Garn and Paul Alexander

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 391, issue 2, pages 1000-1008
Published in print December 2008 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online November 2008 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2008.13980.x
Deep 610-MHz Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope observations of the Spitzer extragalactic First Look Survey field – III. The radio properties of infrared-faint radio sources

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Infrared-faint radio sources (IFRSs) are a class of source which are bright at radio frequencies, but do not appear in deep infrared images. We report the detection of 14 IFRSs within the Spitzer extragalactic First Look Survey field, eight of which are detected near to the limiting magnitude of a deep R-band image of the region, at R∼ 24.5. Sensitive Spitzer Space Telescope images are stacked in order to place upper limits on their mid-infrared flux densities, and using recent 610-MHz and 1.4-GHz observations we find that they have spectral indices which vary between α= 0.05 and 1.38, where we define α such that Sν=S0ν−α, and should not be thought of as a single source population. We place constraints on the luminosity and linear size of these sources, and through comparison with well-studied local objects in the Revised Revised Third Cambridge catalogue demonstrate that they can be modelled as being compact (<20 kpc) Fanaroff–Riley type II (FR II) radio galaxies located at high redshift (z∼ 4).

Keywords: galaxies: high redshift; infrared: galaxies; radio continuum: galaxies

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Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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