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Volume 425, Number 3, October III 2004
Page(s) 913 - 926
Section Extragalactic astronomy
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20040361

A&A 425, 913-926 (2004)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20040361

UV star-formation rates of GRB host galaxies

L. Christensen1, J. Hjorth2 and J. Gorosabel3, 4, 5

1  Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam, An der Sternwarte 16, 14482 Potsdam, Germany
    e-mail: lchristensen@aip.de
2  Niels Bohr Institute, Astronomical Observatory, Juliane Maries Vej 30, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
3  Danish Space Space Research Institute, Juliane Maries Vej 30, 2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark
4  Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700, San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
5  Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, IAA-CSIC, Granada, Spain

(Received 1 March 2004 / Accepted 25 June 2004 )

We study a magnitude-limited sample of 10 gamma-ray burst (GRB) host galaxies with known spectroscopic redshifts ( 0.43 < z < 2.04). From an analysis of the spectral energy distributions (SEDs), based on published broad-band optical and near-infrared photometry, we derive photometric redshifts, galaxy types, ages of the dominant stellar populations, internal extinctions, and ultraviolet (UV) star-formation rates (SFRs) of the host galaxies. The photometric redshifts are quite accurate despite the heterogeneous nature of the sample: the rms errors are $\sigma(z) = 0.21$ and $\sigma(\Delta z/(1+z_{\rm spec})) = 0.16$ with no significant systematic offsets. All the host galaxies have SEDs similar to young starburst galaxies with moderate to low extinction. A comparison of specific SFRs with those of high-redshift galaxies in the Hubble Deep Fields shows that GRB hosts are most likely similar to the field galaxies with the largest specific SFRs. On the other hand, GRB hosts are not significantly younger than starburst field galaxies at similar redshifts, but are found to be younger than a sample of all types of field galaxies.

Key words: galaxies: high-redshift -- galaxies: starburst -- gamma rays: bursts

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