AAS 205th Meeting, 9-13 January 2005
Session 163 New Results from the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey
Special Session, Thursday, January 13, 2005, 2:00-3:30pm, Town and Country

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[163.05] Properties of the Most Luminous Galaxies in the `Redshift Desert'

C. Kretchmer (Johns Hopkins University), M. Dickinson (NOAO), S. Ravindranath, B. Mobasher, T. Dahlen (STScI), GOODS Team

There is mounting evidence that the redshift range 1 < z < 2, frequently referred to as the `redshift desert', was an important era when massive galaxies assembled their stellar content and assumed their present-day morphologies. The process by which these galaxies matured and developed their present-day structure is one of the most active areas of observational and theoretical research. We take advantage of the rich database from the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey (GOODS), including deep HST-ACS imaging and optical--IR photometry, out to 8 microns with the Spitzer Space Telescope (SST), to carefully define a sample of the most luminous galaxies in the `'redshift desert.' This allows for a detailed quantitative morphological study of galaxies during the crucial era of stellar mass assembly and the emergence of the Hubble sequence.

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