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Volume 431, Number 3, March I 2005
Page(s) 893 - 903
Section Extragalactic astronomy
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20042108

A&A 431, 893-903 (2005)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20042108

Predictions for high-frequency radio surveys of extragalactic sources

G. De Zotti1, 2, R. Ricci2, D. Mesa1, L. Silva3, P. Mazzotta4, L. Toffolatti5 and J. González-Nuevo5

1  INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Vicolo dell'Osservatorio 5, 35122 Padova, Italy
    e-mail: dezotti@pd.astro.it
2  International School for Advanced Studies, SISSA/ISAS, via Beirut 2-4, 34014 Trieste, Italy
    e-mail: ricci@sissa.it
3  INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste, via G.B. Tiepolo 11, 34131 Trieste, Italy
    e-mail: silva@ts.astro.it
4  Departimento di Fisica, Università di Roma "Tor Vergata", via della Ricerca Scientifica 1, 00133 Roma Italy
    e-mail: pasquale.mazzotta@roma2.infn.it
5  Departamento de Física, Universidad de Oviedo, c. Calvo Sotelo s/n, 33007 Oviedo, Spain

(Received 2 October 2004 / Accepted 22 October 2004)

We present detailed predictions of the contributions of the various source populations to the counts at frequencies of tens of GHz. New evolutionary models are worked out for flat-spectrum radio quasars, BL Lac objects, and steep-spectrum sources. Source populations characterized by spectra peaking at high radio frequencies, such as extreme GPS sources, ADAF/ADIOS sources and early phases of $\gamma$-ray burst afterglows are also dealt with. The counts of different populations of star-forming galaxies (normal spirals, starbursts, high- z galaxies detected by SCUBA and MAMBO surveys, interpreted as proto-spheroidal galaxies) are estimated taking into account both synchrotron and free-free emission, and dust re-radiation. Our analysis is completed by updated counts of Sunyaev-Zeldovich effects in clusters of galaxies and by a preliminary estimate of galactic-scale Sunyaev-Zeldovich signals associated to proto-galactic plasma.

Key words: galaxies: active -- galaxies: quasars: general -- galaxies: BL Lacertae objects: general -- radio continuum: general

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