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The 1.4 gigahertz luminosity function and its evolution
Condon, J. J.
AA(National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Charlottesville, VA)
Astrophysical Journal, Part 1 (ISSN 0004-637X), vol. 338, March 1, 1989, p. 13-23. (ApJ Homepage)
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Evolution (Development), Irregular Galaxies, Luminosity, Radio Sources (Astronomy), Spiral Galaxies, Brightness Distribution, Red Shift, Starburst Galaxies, Visible Spectrum
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The local luminosity function was determined at v = 1.4 GHz from radio observations of two low-redshift galaxy samples: (1) spiral and irregular galaxies with apparent blue magnitudes and declinations and (2) galaxies of all morphologies with blue angular diameters of 1.0 arcmin or greater in the declination range between -2.5 deg and +82 deg. Separate luminosity functions for the radio source populations powered by 'starbursts' and 'monsters' were obtained from the latter sample. The amount of evolution required for the local luminosity function to account for the faint sources is discussed. The cosmological evolution of extragalactic radio sources appears to be so strong at all observed luminosities that the local luminosity function and counts of all sources between S of roughly 10 micro-Jy and S of roughly 10 Jy at v = 1.4 GHz can be matched with a model in which most sources are confined to a hollow shell with z of roughly 0.8.

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