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The Lyman Continuum Escape Survey: Ionizing Radiation from [O III] - Strong Sources at a Redshift of 3.1

Fletcher, T; Robertson, B; Nakajima, K; Ellis, R; Stark, DP; Inoue, A; (2019) The Lyman Continuum Escape Survey: Ionizing Radiation from [O III] - Strong Sources at a Redshift of 3.1. The Astrophysical Journal , 878 (2) , Article 87. 10.3847/1538-4357/ab2045. Green open access

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Abstract

We present results from the LymAn Continuum Escape Survey (LACES), a Hubble Space Telescope (HST) program designed to characterize the ionizing radiation emerging from a sample of Lyman alpha emitting galaxies at redshift z ' 3.1. As many show intense [O iii] emission characteristic of z > 6.5 star-forming galaxies, they may represent valuable low redshift analogs of galaxies in the reionization era. Using HST Wide Field Camera 3 / UVIS F336W to image Lyman continuum emission, we investigate the escape fraction of ionizing photons in this sample. For 61 sources, of which 77% are spectroscopically confirmed and 53 have measures of [O iii] emission, we detect Lyman continuum leakage in 30%, a rate significantly higher than in continuum-selected Lyman break galaxies. We estimate there is a 97% probability that ≤ 3 of our detections could be affected by foreground contamination. Fitting multi-band spectral energy distributions (SEDs) to take account of the varying stellar populations, dust extinctions and metallicities, we derive individual Lyman continuum escape fractions corrected for foreground intergalactic absorption. We find escape fractions of 2 to 82% for individual objects, and infer an average 20% escape fraction by fitting composite SEDs for our detected samples. Surprisingly however, even a deep stack of those sources with no individual F336W detections provides a stringent upper limit on the average escape fraction of less than 0.3%. We examine various correlations with source properties and discuss the implications in the context of the popular picture that cosmic reionization is driven by such compact, low metallicity star-forming galaxies.

Type: Article
Title: The Lyman Continuum Escape Survey: Ionizing Radiation from [O III] - Strong Sources at a Redshift of 3.1
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab2045
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/ab2045
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: galaxies: distances and redshifts, evolution, formation, star formation – cosmology: early universe – infrared: galaxies
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Physics and Astronomy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10073486
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