|The Most Luminous Obscured Galaxies and Quasars Revealed by WISE and Herschel
|NASA.s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has surveyed the entire sky at 3.4, 4.6, 12 and 22 microns (W1, W2, W3, and W4), reaching sensitivities hundreds of times deeper than IRAS. We have used WISE photometry to select an all-sky sample of objects which are extremely luminous. The objects are prominent in W4, but faint or undetected in W1 and W2 (W12drops). Followup spectroscopy of virgul 100 sources shows over 70% of W12drops have redshifts &amp;gt; 1.6, which with OT1 PACS and SPIRE photometry of 27 sources leads to over 1E13 solar luminosities, with virgul 10% exceeding 1E14 solar luminosities. High resolution adaptive optics imaging shows these objects are unlensed. We request 47.3 hours of Herschel time to complete the all-sky sample of the brightest 185 W12 drops, fulfilling the primary WISE objective of finding the most extreme luminous IR galaxies in the Universe. These superlative objects will be the most fruitful for detailed studies of the physics of star formation, AGN fueling, and feedback in the most active galaxies.
|Herschel was launched on 14 May 2009! It is the fourth 'cornerstone' mission in the ESA science programme. With a 3.5 m Cassegrain telescope it is the largest space telescope ever launched. It is performing photometry and spectroscopy in approximately the 55-671 µm range, bridging the gap between earlier infrared space missions and groundbased facilities.
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|European Space Agency
|European Space Agency, 2013, OT2_peisenha_2, SPG v14.2.0. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-o34efh9