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Luminosity function from dedicated SDSS-III and MMT data of quasars in 0.7 < z < 4.0 selected with a new approach
Palanque-Delabrouille N., Magneville C., Yèche C., Eftekharzadeh S., Myers A.D. et al
Astronomy and Astrophysics 551 (2013) A29 - http://hal.in2p3.fr/in2p3-00742974
Physique/Astrophysique/Cosmologie et astrophysique extra-galactique
Planète et Univers/Astrophysique/Cosmologie et astrophysique extra-galactique
Luminosity function from dedicated SDSS-III and MMT data of quasars in 0.7 < z < 4.0 selected with a new approach
N. Palanque-Delabrouille1, Ch. Magneville1, Ch. Yèche1, S. Eftekharzadeh, A. D. Myers, P. Petitjean2, I. Pâris2, E. Aubourg1, 3, I. McGreer, X. Fan, A. Dey, D. Schlegel, S. Bailey, D. Bizayev, A. Bolton, K. Dawson, G. Ebelke, J. Ge, E. Malanushenko, V. Malanushenko, D. Oravetz, K. Pan, N. P. Ross, D. P. Schneider, E. Sheldon, A. Simmons, J. Tinker, M. White, Ch. Willmer
1 :  IRFU - Institut de Recherches sur les lois Fondamentales de l'Univers (ex DAPNIA)
2 :  IAP - Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris
CNRS : UMR7095 – INSU – Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) - Paris VI
98bis, bd Arago - 75014 Paris France
3 :  APC - UMR 7164 - AstroParticule et Cosmologie
CNRS : UMR7164 – IN2P3 – Observatoire de Paris – Université Paris VII - Paris Diderot – CEA : DSM/IRFU
APC - UMR 7164, Université Paris Diderot, 10 rue Alice Domon et Léonie Duquet, case postale 7020, F-75205 Paris Cedex 13
APC - Cosmologie et Gravitation
We present a measurement of the quasar luminosity function in the range 0.68 < z < 4 down to extinction corrected magnitude gdered = 22.5, using a simple and well understood target selection technique based on the time-variability of quasars. The completeness of our sample was derived directly from a control sample of quasars, without requiring complex simulations of quasar light-curves or colors. A total of 1877 quasar spectra were obtained from dedicated programs on the Sloan telescope (as part of the SDSS-III/BOSS survey) and on the Multiple Mirror Telescope. They allowed us to derive the quasar luminosity function. It agrees well with results previously published in the redshift range 0.68 < z < 2.6. Our deeper data allow us to extend the measurement to z = 4. We measured quasar densities to gdered < 22.5, obtaining 30 QSO per deg2 at z < 1, 99 QSO per deg2 for 1 < z < 2.15, and 47 QSO per deg2 at z > 2.15. Using pure luminosity evolution models, we fitted our LF measurements and predicted quasar number counts as a function of redshift and observed magnitude. These predictions are useful inputs for future cosmology surveys such as those relying on the observation of quasars to measure baryon acoustic oscillations.

Articles dans des revues avec comité de lecture
Astronomy and Astrophysics (Astron. Astrophys.)
Publisher EDP Sciences
ISSN 0004-6361 (eISSN : 1432-0756)
© ESO, 2013

14 pages, 13 figs
quasars: general – dark energy – surveys
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