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Date: 6/11/2024

Harvard ADS: Detection of New Galaxy Candidates at z\ > 11 in the JADES Field Using JWST NIRCam

Paper abstract: We report the detection of seven new galaxy candidates with redshift z > 11 within the JWST Advanced Deep Extragalactic Survey (JADES) GOODS-S and GOODS-N fields. These new candidates are detected through meticulous analysis of NIRCam photometry in eight filters spanning a wavelength range of 0.8-5.0 \mum. Photometric redshifts of these galaxy candidates are independently measured utilizing spectral energy distribution (SED) fitting techniques using \texttt{EAZY} and \texttt{BAGPIPES} codes, followed by visual scrutiny. Two of these galaxy candidates are located in GOODS-S field, while the remaining five galaxies are located in GOODS-N field. Our analysis reveals that the stellar masses of these galaxies typically range from log M_{\ast}/M_{\odot} = 7.75--8.75. Futhermore, these galaxies are typically young with their mass-weighted ages spanning from 80 to 240 Myr. Their specific star formation rates (sSFR), quantified as \log (\text{sSFR}/\text{Gyr}), are measured to vary between ~ 0.95 to 1.46. These new galaxy candidates offer a robust sample for probing the physical properties of galaxies within the first few hundred Myr of the history of the Universe. We also analyze the relationship between star formation rate (SFR) and stellar mass (M_\ast) within our sample. Using linear regression, our analysis yields a slope of 0.71 \pm 0.12, which we then compare with results from previous studies. Continued investigation through spectroscopic analysis using JWST/NIRSpec is needed to spectroscopically confirm these high-redshift galaxy candidates and investigate further into their physical properties. We plan to follow up on these candidates with future NIRSpec observations.