Volume 448, Number 2, March III 2006
|Page(s)||525 - 534|
|Published online||24 February 2006|
The ISO 170 μm luminosity function of galaxies
Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille, Traverse du Siphon, BP 8, 13376 Marseille Cedex 12, France e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Kwasan Observatory, Kyoto University, Yamashina-ku, Kyoto 607–8471, Japan
3 Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Bât. 121, Université Paris-Sud, 91405 Orsay Cedex, France
4 Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, 98bis Bd Arago, 75014 Paris, France
Accepted: 3 November 2005
We constructed a local luminosity function (LF) of galaxies using a flux-limited sample () of 55 galaxies at taken from the ISO FIRBACK survey at 170 μm. The overall shape of the 170-μm LF is found to be different from that of the total 60-μm LF (Takeuchi et al. 2003): the bright end of the LF declines more steeply than that of the 60-μm LF. This behavior is quantitatively similar to the LF of the cool subsample of the IRAS PSCz galaxies. We also estimated the strength of the evolution of the LF by assuming the pure luminosity evolution (PLE): . We obtained which is similar to the value obtained by recent Spitzer observations, in spite of the limited sample size. Then, integrating over the 170-μm LF, we obtained the local luminosity density at m, . A direct integration of the LF gives , whilst if we assume a strong PLE with , the value is . This is a considerable contribution to the local FIR luminosity density. By summing up with other available infrared data, we obtained the total dust luminosity density in the Local Universe, . Using this value, we estimated the cosmic star formation rate (SFR) density hidden by dust in the Local Universe. We obtained , which means that 59% of the star formation is obscured by dust in the Local Universe.
Key words: dust, extinction / galaxies: evolution / galaxies: formation / galaxies: luminosity function, mass function / infrared: galaxies
© ESO, 2006
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