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Multiple – Wavelength Catalogs of the Point Sources in the South Ecliptic Pole Region Detected by Blast

Jens von der Linden, University of Pennsylvania

Division: Natural Sciences

Dept/Program: Physics and Astronomy

Document Type: Undergraduate Student Research

Mentor(s): Mark Devlin

Date of this Version: 01 January 2009

This document has been peer reviewed.



The goal of this project is to examine the far - infrared sources in the South Ecliptic Pole region (SEP) observed by the Balloon-Borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope (BLAST). A primary science goal is to understand star formation processes. Most of the sources are assumed to be luminous infrared galaxies (LIRGs), in which high rates of star formation are believed to be occurring. The BLAST experiment mapped the 10 SEP at three wavelengths (250, 350 and 500 μm). To aid future studies of the SEP, three lists of interesting sources were created with an IDL source extraction algorithm. The first list is a catalog of all 5 σ sources and their counterparts. The second list contains sources which have unambiguous counterparts in the three wavelengths. The sources of the third list are likely to be high redshift. Spectral Energy Distributions (SED) were fit to each of the listed sources with an IDL SED fitter. Using the SED, preliminary estimates of luminosity and star formation rates can be made. The combined and unambiguous catalogs can be used to select targets for future observations. The third list will be especially useful for selecting high redshift LIRGs for future observations. Many of the presumed high redshift sources are unrealistically bright. It is possible that they are high redshift sources which are gravitationally lensed and magnified by clusters. The number of bright high redshift sources identified was used to test a recent theoretical model of the abundance of clusters.


Astrophysics and Astronomy | Cosmology, Relativity, and Gravity | Physical Sciences and Mathematics | Physics

Suggested Citation

von der Linden, Jens, "Multiple – Wavelength Catalogs of the Point Sources in the South Ecliptic Pole Region Detected by Blast" 01 January 2009. CUREJ: College Undergraduate Research Electronic Journal, University of Pennsylvania,

Date Posted: 07 July 2009

This document has been peer reviewed.




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