Observed properties of spectroscopically confirmed galaxies at z≫5 and z≫6 based on selection from deep, multi-wavelength wide-field samples provide a picture of the current status of the properties of high-redshift galaxies and their evolution to yet higher redshifts.
In the current presentation, we use results of deep, wide-field spectroscopy with the multi-object Deimos spectrograph on Keck in combination with deep, wide-field multi-color imaging studies using the SuprimeCam CCD camera of Subaru for a number of fields, to evaluate the luminosity function of high-redshift galaxies and its evolution at z>6. High-redshift candidates are selected using both narrow-band Lyman alpha emission and broad-band colors with a high success-rate from a number of SuprimeCam (0.5 degree FOV) fields.
Luminosity functions and Lymanα emission line profiles and equivalent widths appear similar between samples at z≃5.7 and z≃6.5, and the galaxy distribution is structured both spatially and in redshift. A large amount of cosmic variance is seen in the distribution of z≫6 galaxies from field to field.
The observed properties are discussed in relationship to their impact on strategies for complementary optical surveys of high-redshift galaxies, and in relationship to surveys at very different wavelengths (X-ray, far-infrared, and submillimeter) that cover the same regions.