Hunt, Matthew Philip (2004) Faint optically selected AGN at z=3. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-05122004-113008
We present the results of two surveys for z=3 AGN, the Lyman break galaxy (LBG) survey and a new survey based on the same techniques, but over a wider area. These surveys, spanning more than 2 deg^2, yield 24 new QSOs, and 17 new narrow-lined AGN. The combined data from these surveys span a range of luminosity that is unprecedented at high redshift, covering 6.5 mag of the faint end of the QSO luminosity function. We find a substantially flatter faint-end slope at high redshift than in the local universe, [beta]_l=1.20, which has important implications for the study of supermassive black hole (SMBH) accretion and galaxy formation, as well as the state of the IGM at z=3. We also present estimates of the QSO lifetime (approx. 10^7 yr) and compare our AGN sample with those obtained by deep X-ray imaging. We also present a guide to the reduction of imaging data from the Large Format Camera (LFC) on the Hale Telescope.
|Item Type:||Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))|
|Subject Keywords:||active galactic nuclei; galaxy formation; luminosity function; qsos; quasars; smbh; supermassive black holes|
|Degree Grantor:||California Institute of Technology|
|Division:||Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy|
|Thesis Availability:||Public (worldwide access)|
|Defense Date:||20 May 2004|
|Non-Caltech Author Email:||mph (AT) astro.caltech.edu|
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|Deposited On:||28 May 2004|
|Last Modified:||26 Dec 2012 02:41|
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