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Title: Understanding the nature of the faint radio-source population
Author: Vardoulaki, Eleni
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2009
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This DPhil dissertation presents two new and independent samples of faint radio sources. The first sample is the 37 SXDS radio sources with flux densities at 1.4-GHz above 2 mJy, a spectroscopic completeness of 65% and a median redshift z_med ≈ 1.1. The second sample is the 47 TOOT00 radio sources with flux densities at 151 MHz above 100 mJy, a spectroscopic completeness of 85% and z_med ∼ 1.25. Optical, near- and mid-IR photometry, optical spectroscopy, and radio observations are used in the analysis and comparison of the two samples. The quasar fraction in the TOOT00 radio sources is 0.13 < f_q < 0.25 above the FRI/FRII break in radio luminosity, while use of 24 μm data reveals objects with significant but sometimes obscured accretion and gives quasar-mode fraction of 0.5 → 0.9 above the FRI/FRII break. The FRI/FRII divide seen at z < ∼ 0.5 is also observed at z ∼ 1 for FRII objects in the TOOT00 and SXDS samples, but examples of FRI radio sources above the FRI/FRII break do exist. The total number of the TOOT00 objects and their distribution are consistent with simulations based on extrapolations from previous work, while for the SXDS objects the results are only broadly similar. Based on that comparison, the redshift spikes seen at z ∼ 1.3 in TOOT00 and at z ∼ 0.65 & 2.7 in SXDS appear to be significant, and might be due to Large-Scale Structure. A V/Vmax test suggests the cosmic evolution of the TOOT00 and SXDS samples, is different. The TOOT00 radio sources are 2-times more luminous in host-galaxy starlight than the SXDS radio sources. The almost proportionality between radio luminosity at 1.4 GHz and 24 μm luminosity suggests that L_rad traces accretion luminosity and L[OII] ∝ L_rad^0.7 may reflect imperfections in the L[OII]-accretion luminosity scaling. Mid-IR 24 μm observations in the SXDS sample suggest that 30% of the light from the nucleus is absorbed by the torus and re-emitted in the mid-IR, while ∼ 1% of the light is scattered above and below the torus.
Supervisor: Rawlings, Steve Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Astrophysics ; observational cosmology ; optical ; infrared ; radio ; radio sources ; quasars