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Galaxy Buildup in the Young Universe: from the First Billion Years through the Peak Activity Epoch

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postcode: 9712CP

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
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 Total cost 1˙902˙235 €
 EC max contribution 1˙902˙235 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-09-01   to  2021-08-31


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 Project objective

Deep galaxy surveys are the most valuable asset to understand the history of our Universe. They are key to test galaxy formation models which, based on the Cold Dark Matter framework, are successful at reproducing general aspects of galaxy evolution with cosmic time. However, important discrepancies still exist between models and observations, most notably at high redshifts. This Project will reconstruct the history of galaxy buildup from the first billion years of cosmic time through the peak activity epoch of the Universe, which occurred 10 billion years ago, providing a fundamental constraint for galaxy formation models.

I am leading the largest ultra-deep galaxy survey that will ever be conducted with the Spitzer Space Telescope. In this Project, I will exploit my new Spitzer program to do a groundbreaking study of galaxy buildup in the young Universe, paving the way for further galaxy evolution studies with the forthcoming James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). My main objectives are: 1) quantifying galaxy stellar mass assembly beyond the peak activity epoch, through the study of the galaxy stellar mass function up to z~7; 2) measuring, for the first time, galaxy clustering with stellar mass information up to such high redshifts; 3) linking galaxy growth to dust-obscured star formation using Spitzer and new APEX/AMKID sub-millimetre data; 4) unveiling the first steps of galaxy buildup at z>7 with JWST; 5) optimizing the official JWST Mid Infrared Instrument (MIRI) data reduction pipeline for the analysis of deep galaxy surveys. The delivery of an optimized MIRI pipeline is an important added value to the scientific outcome of this Project, which will benefit the general Astronomical community. This is the right time for this Project to make a maximum impact. We are now in a turning point for IR Astronomy, and this opportunity should not be missed. This Project will have a long-lasting legacy, bridging current and next generations of IR galaxy surveys.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 J. Álvarez-Márquez, L. Colina, R. Marques-Chaves, D. Ceverino, A. Alonso-Herrero, K. Caputi, M. García-Marín, A. Labiano, O. Le Fèvre, H. U. Norgaard-Nielsen, G. Östlin, P. G. Pérez-González, J. P. Pye, T. V. Tikkanen, P. P. van der Werf, F. Walter, G. S. Wright
Investigating the physical properties of galaxies in the Epoch of Reionization with MIRI/JWST spectroscopy
published pages: A9, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201935594
Astronomy & Astrophysics 629 2020-03-20
2019 E Vanzella, G B Caminha, F Calura, G Cupani, M Meneghetti, M Castellano, P Rosati, A Mercurio, E Sani, C Grillo, R Gilli, M Mignoli, A Comastri, M Nonino, S Cristiani, M Giavalisco, K Caputi
Ionising the Intergalactic Medium by Star Clusters? The first empirical evidence
published pages: , ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stz2286
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 2020-03-20
2019 Mauro Stefanon, Ivo Labbé, Rychard J. Bouwens, Pascal Oesch, Matthew L. N. Ashby, Karina I. Caputi, Marijn Franx, Johan P. U. Fynbo, Garth D. Illingworth, Olivier Le Fèvre, Danilo Marchesini, Henry J. McCracken, Bo Milvang-Jensen, Adam Muzzin, Pieter van Dokkum
The Brightest z ≳ 8 Galaxies over the COSMOS UltraVISTA Field
published pages: 99, ISSN: 1538-4357, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab3792
The Astrophysical Journal 883/1 2020-03-20
2019 Bisigello, L.; Caputi, K. I.; Colina, L.; Pérez-González, P. G.; Koekemoer, A.; Fèvre, O. Le; Grogin, N.; Nørgaard-Nielsen, H. U.; van der Werf, P.
Statistical stellar mass corrections for high-z galaxies observed with JWST broad-band filters due to template degeneracies
published pages: , ISSN: 0004-637X, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab2911
The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series 243/2 2020-03-20
2018 Bunyo Hatsukade, Kotaro Kohno, Yuki Yamaguchi, Hideki Umehata, Yiping Ao, Itziar Aretxaga, Karina I Caputi, James S Dunlop, Eiichi Egami, Daniel Espada, Seiji Fujimoto, Natsuki H Hayatsu, David H Hughes, Soh Ikarashi, Daisuke Iono, Rob J Ivison, Ryohei Kawabe, Tadayuki Kodama, Minju Lee, Yuichi Matsuda, Kouichiro Nakanishi, Kouji Ohta, Masami Ouchi, Wiphu Rujopakarn, Tomoko Suzuki, Yoichi Tamura,
ALMA twenty-six arcmin2 survey of GOODS-S at one millimeter (ASAGAO): Source catalog and number counts
published pages: , ISSN: 0004-6264, DOI: 10.1093/pasj/psy104
Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan 70/6 2020-03-20
2018 S. Deshmukh, K. I. Caputi, M. L. N. Ashby, W. I. Cowley, H. J. McCracken, J. P. U. Fynbo, O. Le Fèvre, B. Milvang-Jensen, O. Ilbert
The Spitzer Matching Survey of the UltraVISTA Ultra-deep Stripes (SMUVS): The Evolution of Dusty and Nondusty Galaxies with Stellar Mass at z = 2–6
published pages: 166, ISSN: 1538-4357, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aad9f5
The Astrophysical Journal 864/2 2020-03-20
2018 M. L. N. Ashby, Karina I. Caputi, Will Cowley, Smaran Deshmukh, James S. Dunlop, Bo Milvang-Jensen, Johan P. U. Fynbo, Adam Muzzin, H. J. McCracken, Olivier Le Fèvre, Jia-Sheng Huang, J. Zhang
Spitzer Matching Survey of the UltraVISTA Ultra-deep Stripes (SMUVS): Full-mission IRAC Mosaics and Catalogs
published pages: 39, ISSN: 1538-4365, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/aad4fb
The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series 237/2 2020-03-20
2019 Yuki Yamaguchi, Kotaro Kohno, Bunyo Hatsukade, Tao Wang, Yuki Yoshimura, Yiping Ao, Karina I. Caputi, James S. Dunlop, Eiichi Egami, Daniel Espada, Seiji Fujimoto, Natsuki H. Hayatsu, Rob J. Ivison, Tadayuki Kodama, Haruka Kusakabe, Tohru Nagao, Masami Ouchi, Wiphu Rujopakarn, Ken-ichi Tadaki, Yoichi Tamura, Yoshihiro Ueda, Hideki Umehata, Wei-Hao Wang, Min S. Yun
ALMA 26 arcmin 2 Survey of GOODS-S at 1 mm (ASAGAO): Near-infrared-dark Faint ALMA Sources
published pages: 73, ISSN: 1538-4357, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab0d22
The Astrophysical Journal 878/1 2020-03-20
2019 William I. Cowley, Karina I. Caputi, Smaran Deshmukh, Matthew L. N. Ashby, Giovanni G. Fazio, Olivier Le Fèvre, Johan P. U. Fynbo, Oliver Ilbert, Bo Milvang-Jensen
The Stellar-to-halo Mass Ratios of Passive and Star-forming Galaxies at z ∼ 2–3 from the SMUVS Survey
published pages: 114, ISSN: 1538-4357, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab089b
The Astrophysical Journal 874/2 2020-03-20
2018 E Vanzella, M Nonino, G Cupani, M Castellano, E Sani, M Mignoli, F Calura, M Meneghetti, R Gilli, A Comastri, A Mercurio, G B Caminha, K Caputi, P Rosati, C Grillo, S Cristiani, I Balestra, A Fontana, M Giavalisco
Direct Lyman continuum and Ly α escape observed at redshift 4
published pages: L15-L19, ISSN: 1745-3933, DOI: 10.1093/mnrasl/sly023
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters 476/1 2020-03-20
2016 Wei-Hao Wang, Kotaro Kohno, Bunyo Hatsukade, Hideki Umehata, Itziar Aretxaga, David Hughes, Karina I. Caputi, James S. Dunlop, Soh Ikarashi, Daisuke Iono, Rob J. Ivison, Minju Lee, Ryu Makiya, Yuichi Matsuda, Kentaro Motohara, Kouichiro Nakanish, Kouji Ohta, Ken-ichi Tadaki, Yoichi Tamura, Tadayuki Kodama, Wiphu Rujopakarn, Grant W. Wilson, Yuki Yamaguchi, Min S. Yun, Jean Coupon, Bau-Ching Hsieh,
published pages: 195, ISSN: 1538-4357, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/833/2/195
The Astrophysical Journal 833/2 2020-03-20
2018 William I. Cowley, Karina I. Caputi, Smaran Deshmukh, Matthew L. N. Ashby, Giovanni G. Fazio, Olivier Le Fèvre, Johan P. U. Fynbo, Olivier Ilbert, Henry J. McCracken, Bo Milvang-Jensen, Rachel S. Somerville
The Galaxy–Halo Connection for $1.5lesssim zlesssim 5$ as Revealed by the Spitzer Matching Survey of the UltraVISTA Ultra-deep Stripes
published pages: 69, ISSN: 1538-4357, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aaa41d
The Astrophysical Journal 853/1 2020-03-20
2018 L. Bisigello, K. I. Caputi, N. Grogin, A. Koekemoer
Analysis of the SFR – M ∗ plane at z < 3: single fitting versus multi-Gaussian decomposition
published pages: A82, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201731399
Astronomy & Astrophysics 609 2020-03-20
2017 M. Castellano, L. Pentericci, A. Fontana, E. Vanzella, E. Merlin, S. De Barros, R. Amorin, K. I. Caputi, S. Cristiani, S. L. Finkelstein, E. Giallongo, A. Grazian, A. Koekemoer, R. Maiolino, D. Paris, S. Pilo, P. Santini, H. Yan
Optical Line Emission from z ∼ 6.8 Sources with Deep Constraints on Ly α Visibility
published pages: 73, ISSN: 1538-4357, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aa696e
The Astrophysical Journal 839/2 2020-03-20
2016 L. Bisigello, K. I. Caputi, L. Colina, O. Le Fèvre, H. U. Nørgaard-Nielsen, P. G. Pérez-González, J. Pye, P. van der Werf, O. Ilbert, N. Grogin, A. Koekemoer
published pages: 19, ISSN: 1538-4365, DOI: 10.3847/0067-0049/227/2/19
The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series 227/2 2020-03-20
2017 E. Vanzella, M. Castellano, M. Meneghetti, A. Mercurio, G. B. Caminha, G. Cupani, F. Calura, L. Christensen, E. Merlin, P. Rosati, M. Gronke, M. Dijkstra, M. Mignoli, R. Gilli, S. De Barros, K. Caputi, C. Grillo, I. Balestra, S. Cristiani, M. Nonino, E. Giallongo, A. Grazian, L. Pentericci, A. Fontana, A. Comastri, C. Vignali, G. Zamorani, M. Brusa, P. Bergamini, P. Tozzi
Magnifying the Early Episodes of Star Formation: Super Star Clusters at Cosmological Distances
published pages: 47, ISSN: 1538-4357, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aa74ae
The Astrophysical Journal 842/1 2020-03-20
2017 E. Vanzella, F. Calura, M. Meneghetti, A. Mercurio, M. Castellano, G. B. Caminha, I. Balestra, P. Rosati, P. Tozzi, S. De Barros, A. Grazian, A. D\'Ercole, L. Ciotti, K. Caputi, C. Grillo, E. Merlin, L. Pentericci, A. Fontana, S. Cristiani, D. Coe
Paving the way for the JWST: witnessing globular cluster formation at z > 3
published pages: 4304-4321, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stx351
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 467/4 2020-03-20
2017 L. Bisigello, K. I. Caputi, L. Colina, O. Le Fèvre, H. U. Nørgaard-Nielsen, P. G. Pérez-González, P. van der Werf, O. Ilbert, N. Grogin, A. Koekemoer
Recovering the Properties of High-redshift Galaxies with Different JWST Broadband Filters
published pages: 3, ISSN: 1538-4365, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/aa7a14
The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series 231/1 2020-03-20
2017 Allison R. Hill, Adam Muzzin, Marijn Franx, Bart Clauwens, Corentin Schreiber, Danilo Marchesini, Mauro Stefanon, Ivo Labbe, Gabriel Brammer, Karina Caputi, Johan Fynbo, Bo Milvang-Jensen, Rosalind E. Skelton, Pieter van Dokkum, Katherine E. Whitaker
The Mass, Color, and Structural Evolution of Today’s Massive Galaxies Since z ∼ 5
published pages: 147, ISSN: 1538-4357, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aa61fe
The Astrophysical Journal 837/2 2020-03-20
2017 Soh Ikarashi, Karina I Caputi, Kouji Ohta, R. J. Ivison, Claudia D. P Lagos, Laura Bisigello, Bunyo Hatsukade, Itziar Aretxaga, James S Dunlop, David H Hughes, Daisuke Iono, Takuma Izumi, Nobunari Kashikawa, Yusei Koyama, Ryohei Kawabe, Kotaro Kohno, Kentaro Motohara, Kouichiro Nakanishi, Yoichi Tamura, Hideki Umehata, Grant W Wilson, Kiyoto Yabe, Min S Yun
Very Compact Millimeter Sizes for Composite Star-forming/AGN Submillimeter Galaxies
published pages: L36, ISSN: 2041-8213, DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/aa9572
The Astrophysical Journal 849/2 2020-03-20
2017 Mauro Stefanon, Ivo Labbé, Rychard J. Bouwens, Gabriel B. Brammer, Pascal Oesch, Marijn Franx, Johan P. U. Fynbo, Bo Milvang-Jensen, Adam Muzzin, Garth D. Illingworth, Olivier Le Fèvre, Karina I. Caputi, Benne W. Holwerda, Henry J. McCracken, Renske Smit, Dan Magee
HST Imaging of the Brightest z ∼ 8–9 Galaxies from UltraVISTA: The Extreme Bright End of the UV Luminosity Function
published pages: 43, ISSN: 1538-4357, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aa9a40
The Astrophysical Journal 851/1 2020-03-20
2018 Y. Ueda, B. Hatsukade, K. Kohno, Y. Yamaguchi, Y. Tamura, H. Umehata, M. Akiyama, Y. Ao, I. Aretxaga, K. Caputi, J. S. Dunlop, D. Espada, S. Fujimoto, N. H. Hayatsu, M. Imanishi, A. K. Inoue, R. J. Ivison, T. Kodama, M. M. Lee, K. Matsuoka, T. Miyaji, K. Morokuma-Matsui, T. Nagao, K. Nakanishi, K. Nyland, K. Ohta, M. Ouchi, W. Rujopakarn, T. Saito, K. Tadaki, I. Tanaka, Y. Taniguchi, T. Wang, W.-H. Wang, Y. Yoshimura, M. S. Yun
ALMA 26 arcmin 2 Survey of GOODS-S at One-millimeter (ASAGAO): X-Ray AGN Properties of Millimeter-selected Galaxies
published pages: 24, ISSN: 1538-4357, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aa9f10
The Astrophysical Journal 853/1 2020-03-20
2017 K. I. Caputi, S. Deshmukh, M. L. N. Ashby, W. I. Cowley, L. Bisigello, G. G. Fazio, J. P. U. Fynbo, O. Le Fèvre, B. Milvang-Jensen, O. Ilbert
Star Formation in Galaxies at z ∼ 4–5 from the SMUVS Survey: A Clear Starburst/Main-sequence Bimodality for H α Emitters on the SFR– M * Plane
published pages: 45, ISSN: 1538-4357, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aa901e
The Astrophysical Journal 849/1 2020-03-20

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