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Physics  1995 

THE CANADA-FRANCE REDSHIFT SURVEY V: Global Properties of the Sample

DOI: 10.1086/176559

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The photometric and spectroscopic data of the CFRS survey of objects with 17.5 < I_{AB} < 22.5 are combined and analysed. The overall completeness is 85%. The redshift histogram of the sample is presented for 591 field galaxies with secure redshifts. The median redshift is z = 0.56, and the highest redshift observed is z = 1.3; 25 galaxies have z > 1 The distributions of magnitudes and colors demonstrate that galaxies at these high redshifts have very similar colors to those observed locally. The survey thus represents a major improvement in our knowledge of field galaxies at large look-back times. Only ~1% of the galaxies are as compact as stars (on images with FWHM ~ 0.9") and comparisons of the photometric and spectroscopic data show that only one galaxy was initially incorrectly classified spectroscopically as a star, and only two stars were misclassified as galaxies. It is demonstrated that the redshift distributions in the five fields are statistically consistent with each other, once the reduction in the effective number of independent galaxies due to small-scale clustering in redshift is taken into account. The photometric properties of the spectroscopically-unidentified objects indicate that most are likely to be galaxies rather than stars. At least half of these must have the same redshift distribution as the identified galaxies, and a combination of magnitudes, colors and compactness of the remaining unidentified galaxies is used to predict their redshifts. The majority are probably ordinary galaxies at the high redshift end of our sample, including some quiescent galaxies at z > 1.0, rather than some new or unusual population.


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