The Hα luminosity function and star formation rate at z ≈ 0.24 based on Subaru Deep imaging data

Shinobu S. Fujita, Masaru Ajiki, Yasuhiro Shioya, Tohru Nagao, Takashi Murayama, Yoshiaki Taniguchi, Kazuyoshi Umeda, Sanae Yamada, Masafumi Yagi, Sadanori Okamura, Yutaka Komiyama

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We have carried out a deep imaging survey for Hα-emitting galaxies at z ≈ 0.24 using a narrowband filter tuned with the redshifted line. The total sky area covered is 706 arcmin2 within a redshift range from 0.234 to 0.252 (δz = 0.018). This corresponds to a volume of 3.9 × 103 Mpc3 when Ωmatter = 0.3, ΩΛ = 0.7, and H0 = 70 km s-1 Mpc-1 are adopted. We obtain a sample of 348 Hα-emitting galaxies whose observed emission-line equivalent widths are greater than 12 Å. We find an extinction-corrected Hα luminosity density of 1039.65+0.08-0.12 ergs s-1 Mpc-3. Using the Kennicutt relation between the Hα luminosity and the star formation rate, the star formation rate density in the covered volume is estimated to be 0.036-0.012+0.006 M yr-1 Mpc-3. This value is higher by a factor of 3 than the local star formation rate density.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L115-L118
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2 II
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Apr 1


  • Galaxies: distances and redshifts
  • Galaxies: evolution
  • Galaxies: luminosity function, mass function

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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