A sample of radio-loud QSOs at redshift ~ 4
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AuthorHolt, Joanna; Benn, Chris R.; Vigotti, Mario; Pedani, Marco; Carballo Fidalgo, Ruth; González Serrano, José Ignacio; Mack, Karl Heinz; García Lorenzo, Begoña
We obtained spectra of 60 red, star-like objects (E < 18.8) identified with FIRST radio sources, S1.4 GHz > 1 mJy. Eight are quasi-stellar objects (QSOs) with redshift z > 3.6. Combined with our earlier pilot search, our sample of 121 candidates yields a total of 18 z > 3.6 QSOs (10 of these with z > 4.0). 8 per cent of candidates with S1.4 GHz< 10 mJy and 37 per cent of candidates with S1.4 GHz> 10 mJy are QSOs with z > 3.6. The surface density of E < 18.8, S1.4 GHz > 1 mJy, z > 4 QSOs is 0.003 deg−2. This is currently the only well-defined sample of radio-loud QSOs at z≈ 4 selected independently of radio spectral index. The QSOs are highly luminous in the optical (eight have MB < −28, q0= 0.5, H0= 50 km s−1 Mpc−1). The SEDs are as varied as those seen in optical searches for high-redshift QSOs, but the fraction of objects with weak (strongly self-absorbed) Lyα emission is marginally higher (3 out of 18) than for high-redshift QSOs from SDSS (5 out of 96).