Recalculating the quasar luminosity function of the extended Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey
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Received: 28 August 2017
Accepted: 27 September 2017
Aims. The extended Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (eBOSS) of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey provides a uniform sample of over 13 000 variability selected quasi-stellar objects (QSOs) in the redshift range 0.68 <z< 4.0. The previously published QSO luminosity function (QLF), parametric model fits, and projected number counts based on this survey may be in error because the k-correction has apparently been misapplied, which results in underestimating the intrinsic brightness of roughly half of the eBOSS sources. This work provides new estimates of the QLF based on a corrected eBOSS dataset.
Methods. Intrinsic luminosities were recalculated using the appropriate g-band k-correction function. The QLF was determined for the corrected dataset using a model-weighted estimator, and parametric models were refit to the corrected luminosity function. Projected number counts based on the corrected models are also provided.
Results. At redshifts higher than the “pivot” redshift, zp = 2.2, the original and recalculated results differ significantly; in particular, the new results show stronger high-redshift evolution in the best-fit models than the original eBOSS analysis. A new seven-parameter QLF model is provided that fits the corrected eBOSS dataset.
Key words: quasars: general / galaxies: active / galaxies: evolution / methods: data analysis / methods: statistical / surveys
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