Candidate Gravitationally Lensed Dusty Star-forming Galaxies in the Herschel Wide Area Surveys

Nayyeri, H. and Keele, M. and Cooray, A. and Riechers, D. A. and Ivison, R. J. and Harris, A. I. and Frayer, D. T. and Baker, A. J. and Chapman, S. C. and Eales, S. and Farrah, D. and Fu, H. and Marchetti, L. and Marques-Chaves, R. and Martinez-Navajas, P. I. and Oliver, S. J. and Omont, A. and Perez-Fournon, I. and Scott, D. and Vaccari, M. and Vieira, J. and Viero, M. and Wang, L. and Wardlow, J. (2016) Candidate Gravitationally Lensed Dusty Star-forming Galaxies in the Herschel Wide Area Surveys. The Astrophysical Journal, 823 (1). p. 17. ISSN 0004-637X

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We present a list of candidate gravitationally lensed dusty star-forming galaxies (DSFGs) from the HerMES Large Mode Survey and the Herschel Stripe 82 Survey. Together, these partially overlapping surveys cover 372 deg2 on the sky. After removing local spiral galaxies and known radio-loud blazars, our candidate list of lensed DSFGs is composed of 77 sources with 500 μm flux densities (S 500) greater than 100 mJy. Such sources are dusty starburst galaxies similar to the first bright sub-millimeter galaxies (SMGs) discovered with SCUBA. We expect a large fraction of this list to be strongly lensed, with a small fraction made up of bright SMG-SMG mergers that appear as hyper-luminous infrared galaxies ({L}{IR}\gt {10}13 {L}⊙ ). Thirteen of the 77 candidates have spectroscopic redshifts from CO spectroscopy with ground-based interferometers, putting them at z\gt 1 and well above the redshift of the foreground lensing galaxies. The surface density of our sample is 0.21 ± 0.03 deg-2. We present follow-up imaging of a few of the candidates to confirm their lensing nature. The sample presented here is an ideal tool for higher-resolution imaging and spectroscopic observations to understand the detailed properties of starburst phenomena in distant galaxies. Herschel is an ESA space observatory with science instruments provided by European-led Principal Investigator consortia and with important participation from NASA.

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