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4.1. Mid-Infrared Surveys

The various ISOCAM surveys trade off depth and area (see Rowan-Robinson et al 1999 for a compilation). For high-redshift work, the most meaningful are the 15 µm (LW3 filter) surveys. At 6.75 µm (LW2), the stellar contamination is very high, and a careful screening at other wavelengths is necessary. Various strategies have been successfully developed to overcome the cosmic ray-induced glitches that mimic faint sources (Starck et al 1999, Desert et al 1999, Serjeant et al 1999). At the time of writing, the published work reports 15 µm detections of ~ 1400 galaxies, with flux densities between geq 30 µJy and geq 0.3 Jy. Shallow, deep, and ultra-deep surveys were performed in the Lockman Hole and the Marano field (IGTES surveys; Cesarsky and Elbaz 1996, Elbaz et al 1999a). They are complemented on the faint end by the surveys made on deep IR fields centered on the southern and northern Hubble Deep Fields (Figure 13, see color insert) as observed by Rowan-Robinson and colleagues [HDF(N): Serjeant et al 1997, Aussel et al 1999a (Figure 13), Desert et al 1999; HDF(S): Oliver et al 2000, Elbaz et al 1999a]. Even deeper images are available from lens magnification in the direction of distant clusters [Metcalfe et al 1999, Altieri et al 1999 (Figure 13), Barvainis et al 1999]. Distant clusters also are surveyed to compare the evolution of galaxies in different environments (Lemonon et al 1998, Fadda & Elbaz 1999, Fadda et al 2000). The bright end of the luminosity function is explored by the largest area survey, the 12-square-degree ELAIS program (Rowan-Robinson et al 1999, Serjeant et al 1999). Levine et al (1998) reported the first results of a program to observe 500 candidate extragalactic sources from the IRAS faint source survey with ISOCAM and ISOPHOT (Levine et al 1998). This ISO-IRAS faint galaxy survey efficiently picks up moderate redshift (z = 0.1-0.4) (U)LIRGs.

Figure 13

Figure 13. Deep mid-infrared surveys. Deep surveys with ISO. Left: ISOCAM 15 µm (LW3) contours (gold) on top of WFPC2 image of the HDF (N). 7 µm sources (LW2) are marked by green circles (Aussel et al 1998). Right: LW3 contours on top of R-band image of Abell 2390 (z = 0.23) (Altieri et al 1999). The outer regions of the image with less integration time has been down-weighted. With the aid of the foreground cluster's lensing amplification this image reaches to < 30 µJy for the < z > ~ 0.7 backgrond galaxies. It thus represents the deepest mid-infrared image obtained by ISOCAM.

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