We present the spectroscopic discovery of 69 quasars at 5.8 < z < 7.0, drawn from the Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC) Subaru Strategic Program (SSP) imaging survey data. This is the 16th publication from the Subaru High-z Exploration of Low-Luminosity Quasars (SHELLQs) project, and it completes identification of all but the faintest candidates (i.e., i-band dropouts with z AB < 24 and y-band detections, and z-band dropouts with y AB < 24) with Bayesian quasar probability PQB>0.1 in the HSC-SSP third public data release (PDR3). The sample reported here also includes three quasars with PQB<0.1 at z ∼6.6, which we selected in an effort to completely cover the reddest point sources with simple color cuts. The number of high-z quasars discovered in SHELLQs has now grown to 162, including 23 type II quasar candidates. This paper also presents identification of seven galaxies at 5.6 < z < 6.7, an [O iii] emitter at z = 0.954, and 31 Galactic cool stars and brown dwarfs. High-z quasars and galaxies compose 75% and 16%, respectively, of all the spectroscopic SHELLQs objects that pass our latest selection algorithm with the PDR3 photometry. That is, a total of 91% of the objects lie at z > 5.6. This demonstrates that the algorithm has very high efficiency, even though we are probing an unprecedentedly low luminosity population down to M 1450 ∼-21 mag.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science