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Average radio spectral energy distribution of highly star-forming galaxies.

Krešimir Tisanić, Vernesa Smolčić, Eva Schinnerer, Mladen Novak, Jacinta Delhaize, Huib Intema, Ivan Delvecchio, Giovanni Zamorani

The infrared-radio correlation (IRRC) offers a way to assess star formation from radio emission. Multiple studies found the IRRC to decrease with increasing redshift. This may in part be due to the lack of knowledge about the possible radio spectral energy distributions (SEDs) of star-forming galaxies. We constrain the radio SED of a complete sample of highly star-forming galaxies ($SFR>100\,\mathrm{M_{\odot}}/\,\mathrm{yr}$) based on the VLA-COSMOS $1.4\,\mathrm{GHz}$ Joint and $3\,\mathrm{GHz}$ Large Project catalogs. We reduce archival GMRT $325\,\mathrm{MHz}$ and $610\,\mathrm{MHz}$ observations, broadening the rest-frame frequency range to $0.3-15\,\mathrm{GHz}$. Employing survival analysis and fitting a double power law SED, we find that the slope steepens from a spectral index of $\alpha_1=0.51\pm 0.04$ below $4.5\,\mathrm{GHz}$ to $\alpha_2=0.98\pm0.07$ above $4.5\,\mathrm{GHz}.$ Our results suggest that the use of a K-correction assuming a single power-law radio SED for star forming galaxies is likely not the root cause of the IRRC trend.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1801.08423

DOI: arXiv:1801.08423v1

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