|The Australia Telescope National Facility Colloquium|
|11:30-12:30 Wed 19 Aug 2009|
ATNF Marsfield Lecture Theatre
(University of Queensland)
WiggleZ: The luminosity function of UV-selected galaxies - Russell Jurek Colloquium
The WiggleZ Dark Energy survey is currently being carried out using the AAOmega instrument on the AAT. It is measuring redshifts for 200,000 star-forming galaxies with the highest star-formation rates. In this talk I will present the 0.1 < z < 1.1 optical and ultraviolet luminosity functions of 39,000 star-forming galaxies that WiggleZ has obtained redshifts for. This sample is 40 times larger than those used previously to measure the luminosity functions of star-forming galaxies over this redshift range. Combined with the large volume probed by the WiggleZ survey, this allows the luminosity functions measured from this sample to probe further into the bright end than has been previously possible. It also allows these luminosity functions to be measured with better precision than ever before.
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