Spitzer infrared spectrometer 16μm observations of the GOODS fields

Harry I. Teplitz, Ranga Chary, David Elbaz, Mark Dickinson, Carrie Bridge, James Colbert, Emeric Le Floc'h, David T. Frayer, Justin H. Howell, David C. Koo, Casey Papovich, Andrew Phillips, Claudia Scarlata, Brian Siana, Hyron Spinrad, Daniel Stern

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We present Spitzer 16μm imaging of the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey (GOODS) fields. We survey 150 arcmin2 in each of the two GOODS fields (North and South), to an average 3σ depth of 40 and 65μJy, respectively. We detect ∼1300 sources in both fields combined. We validate the photometry using the 3-24μm spectral energy distribution of stars in the fields compared to Spitzer spectroscopic templates. Comparison with ISOCAM and AKARI observations in the same fields shows reasonable agreement, though the uncertainties are large. We provide a catalog of photometry, with sources cross-correlated with available Spitzer, Chandra, and Hubble Space Telescope data. Galaxy number counts show good agreement with previous results from ISOCAM and AKARI with improved uncertainties. We examine the 16-24μm flux ratio and find that for most sources it lies within the expected locus for starbursts and infrared luminous galaxies. A color cut of S16/S24 > 1.4 selects mostly sources which lie at 1.1 < z < 1.6, where the 24μm passband contains both the redshifted 9.7μm silicate absorption and the minimum between polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon emission peaks.We measure the integrated galaxy light of 16μm sources and find a lower limit on the galaxy contribution to the extragalactic background light at this wavelength to be 2.2 ± 0.2 nWm-2 sr-1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAstronomical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011


  • Cosmology: observations
  • Galaxies: evolution
  • Galaxies: high-redshift
  • Infrared: galaxies


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