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2004AJ....127.1285S Faint 6.7 Micron Galaxies and Their Contributions to the Stellar Mass Density in the Universe Yasunori Sato, Lennox L. Cowie, Kimiaki Kawara, Hideo Matsuhara, Haruyuki Okuda, David B. Sanders, Yoshiaki Sofue, Yoshiaki Taniguchi, and Ken-ichi Wakamatsu Abstract. We discuss the nature of faint 6.7 microns galaxies detected with the mid-infrared camera ISOCAM on board the Infrared Space Observatory (ISO). The 23 hr integration on the Hawaii Deep Field SSA13 has provided a sample of 65 sources down to 6 {mu}Jy at 6.7 microns. For 57 sources, optical or near-infrared counterparts were found using a statistical method. All four Chandra sources, three SCUBA sources, and one VLA/FIRST source in this field were detected at 6.7 microns with high significance. Using their optical to mid-infrared colors, we divided the 6.7 microns sample into three categories: low-redshift galaxies with past histories of rapid star formation, high-redshift ancestors of these, and other star-forming galaxies. Rapidly star-forming systems at high redshifts dominate the faintest end. Spectroscopically calibrated photometric redshifts were derived from fits to a limited set of template spectral energy distributions (SEDs). They show a high-redshift tail in their distribution with faint (<30 {mu}Jy) galaxies at z>1. The 6.7 microns galaxies tend to have brighter K magnitudes and redder I-K colors than the blue dwarf population at intermediate redshifts. Stellar masses of the 6.7 microns galaxies were estimated from their rest-frame, near-infrared luminosities. Massive galaxies (M_star_~10^11^ M_sun_) were found in the redshift range of z=0.2 - 3. Epoch-dependent stellar mass functions indicate a decline of massive galaxies' comoving space densities with redshift. Even with such a decrease, the contributions of the 6.7 microns galaxies to the stellar mass density in the universe are found to be comparable to those expected from UV bright galaxies detected in deep optical surveys. Keywords: Cosmology: Observations, Galaxies: Evolution, Galaxies: Luminosity Function, Mass Function, Galaxies: Stellar Content, infrared: galaxies, Surveys
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