Evidence for Ubiquitous High-equivalent-width Nebular Emission in z ~ 7 Galaxies: Toward a Clean Measurement of the Specific Star-formation Rate Using a Sample of Bright, Magnified Galaxies

@article{Smit2013EvidenceFU,
  title={Evidence for Ubiquitous High-equivalent-width Nebular Emission in z ~ 7 Galaxies: Toward a Clean Measurement of the Specific Star-formation Rate Using a Sample of Bright, Magnified Galaxies},
  author={R. Smit and R. Bouwens and I. Labb{\'e} and W. Zheng and L. Bradley and M. Donahue and D. Lemze and J. Moustakas and K. Umetsu and A. Zitrin and D. Coe and M. Postman and V. Gonzalez and M. Bartelmann and N. Benı́tez and T. Broadhurst and H. Ford and C. Grillo and L. Infante and Y. Jim'enez-Teja and S. Jouvel and D. Kelson and O. Lahav and D. Maoz and E. Medezinski and P. Melchior and M. Meneghetti and J. Merten and A. Molino and L. Moustakas and M. Nonino and P. Rosati and S. Seitz},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2013},
  volume={784},
  pages={58}
}
Growing observational evidence indicates that nebular line emission has a significant impact on the rest-frame optical fluxes of z ~ 5-7 galaxies. This line emission makes z ~ 5-7 galaxies appear more massive, with lower specific star-formation rates (sSFRs). However, corrections for this line emission have been difficult to perform reliably because of huge uncertainties on the strength of such emission at z ≳ 5.5. In this paper, we present the most direct observational evidence thus far for… Expand

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