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Paper: Insights from WISP, an Unbiased Search for Distant Emission-line Galaxies
Volume: 477, Galaxy Mergers in an Evolving Universe
Page: 255
Authors: Malkan, M.; WISP Team
Abstract: The search for true physical pairs of galaxies at high redshifts has been greatly hindered by the difficulty of obtaining good spectroscopic redshifts. Multi-object near-infrared spectroscopy is especially effective, since it reaches the strongest rest-frame spectral features, especially emission lines. From ground-based telescopes, this is still very difficult to obtain for faint galaxies. However, the near-IR grism spectrographs on Hubble Space Telescope are ideal for a large, unbiased survey for galaxy groups and pairs. Without any pre-selection based on continuum properties, slitless spectroscopic surveys are extremely effective at uncovering large numbers of extreme dwarf galaxies, with very high specific star formation rates, and very low metallicities. We discuss preliminary results on pairs and other properties of galaxies found in the most ambitious of these surveys, the WFC-3 Infrared Spectroscopic Parallels (WISP).
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