We present measurements of the UV galaxy luminosity function and the evolution of luminosity density from Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) observations matched to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). We analyze galaxies in the Medium Imaging Survey overlapping the SDSS First Data Release, with a total coverage of 44 deg2, Using the combined GALEX + SDSS photometry, we compute photometric redshifts and study the luminosity function in three redshift shells between z = 0.07 and 0.25. The Schechter function fits indicate that the faint-end slope α is consistent with -1.1 at all redshifts, but the characteristic UV luminosity M* brightens by 0.2 mag from z = 0.07 to 0.25. In the lowest redshift bin, early- and late-type galaxies are studied separately, and we confirm that red galaxies tend to be brighter and have a shallower slope a than blue ones. The derived luminosity densities are consistent with other GALEX results based on a local spectroscopic sample from the Two-Degree Field, and the evolution follows the trend reported by deeper studies.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science