Observations of the Hubble Deep Field South with the Infrared Space Observatory– I. Observations, data reduction and mid-infrared source counts
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AuthorMann, Robert G.; Carballo Fidalgo, Ruth; Franceschini, Alberto; Rowan-Robinson, Michael; Kontizas, Maria; Dapergolas, Anastasios; Kontizas, Evanghelos; Verma, Aprajita; Elbaz, David; Granato, Gian Luigi; Silva, Laura; Rigopoulou, Dimitra; González Serrano, José Ignacio; Serjeant, Stephen; Efstathiou, Andreas N.; Werf, Paul P. van der; Oliver, Seb
We present results from a deep mid-infrared survey of the Hubble Deep Field South (HDF-S) region performed at 6.7 and 15 μm with the ISOCAM instrument on board the Infrared Space Observatory (ISO). The final map in each band was constructed by the co-addition of four independent rasters, registered using bright sources securely detected in all rasters, with the absolute astrometry being defined by a radio source detected at both 6.7 and 15 μm. We sought detections of bright sources in a circular region of radius 2.5 arcmin at the centre of each map, in a manner that simulations indicated would produce highly reliable and complete source catalogues using simple selection criteria. Merging source lists in the two bands yielded a catalogue of 35 distinct sources, which we calibrated photometrically using photospheric models of late-type stars detected in our data. We present extragalactic source count results in both bands, and discuss the constraints that they impose on models of galaxy evolution, given the volume of space sampled by this galaxy population.