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    Rights statement: This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Ana Paulino-Afonso, David Sobral, Bruno Ribeiro, Jorryt Matthee, Sérgio Santos, João Calhau, Alex Forshaw, Andrea Johnson, Joanna Merrick, Sara Pérez, Oliver Sheldon; On the UV compactness and morphologies of typical Lyman α emitters from z ∼ 2 to z ∼ 6, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 476, Issue 4, 1 June 2018, Pages 5479–5501, https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/sty281 is available online at: https://academic.oup.com/mnras/article/476/4/5479/4848272

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On the UV compactness and morphologies of typical Lyman α emitters from z ∼ 2 to z ∼ 6

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/06/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number4
Volume476
Number of pages23
Pages (from-to)5479-5501
Publication statusPublished
Early online date9/02/18
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Lyman-a (Lya) is, intrinsically, the strongest nebular emission line in actively star-forming galaxies (SFGs), but its resonant nature and uncertain escape fraction limit its applicability. The structure, size, and morphology may be key to understand the escape of Lya photons and the nature of Lya emitters (LAEs). We investigate the rest-frame UV morphologies of a large sample of ~4000 LAEs from z~2 to z~6, selected in a uniform way with 16 different narrow- and medium-bands over the full COSMOS field (SC4K, Santos et al. in prep). From the magnitudes that we measure from UV stacks, we find that these galaxies are populating the faint end of the UV luminosity function. We find also that LAEs have roughly the same morphology from z~2 to z~6. The median size (re~1 kpc), ellipticities (slightly elongated with b/a~0.45), S\'ersic index (disk-like with n 5 to SFGs being a factor of ~2-4 larger than LAEs for z

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This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Ana Paulino-Afonso, David Sobral, Bruno Ribeiro, Jorryt Matthee, Sérgio Santos, João Calhau, Alex Forshaw, Andrea Johnson, Joanna Merrick, Sara Pérez, Oliver Sheldon; On the UV compactness and morphologies of typical Lyman α emitters from z ∼ 2 to z ∼ 6, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 476, Issue 4, 1 June 2018, Pages 5479–5501, https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/sty281 is available online at: https://academic.oup.com/mnras/article/476/4/5479/4848272