Philip Best



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A full listing of all of my published papers is available from ADS Abstracts

Recent preprints can be found on astro-ph


Amongst these papers, those in which I have played a key role are available below, in pdf format.
Last updated, January 2015.

2015

'Triggering optical AGN: the need for cold gas, and the indirect roles of galaxy environment and interactions'
Sabater J., Best P.N., Heckman T.M., 2015, MNRAS, 447, 110

2014

'The cosmic evolution of radio-AGN feedback to z = 1'
Best P.N., Ker L.M., Simpson C., Rigby E.E., Sabater J., 2014, MNRAS, 445, 955

'A relationship between specific star formation rate and metallicity gradient within z ~ 1 galaxies from KMOS-HiZELS'
Stott J.P., Sobral D., Swinbank A.M., Smail I., Bower R., Best P.N., Sharples R.M., Geach J.E., Matthee J., 2014, MNRAS, 443, 2695

'The Coevolution of Galaxies and Supermassive Black Holes: Insights from Surveys of the Contemporary Universe'
Heckman T.M., Best P.N., 2014, ARAA, 52, 589

'Cosmic star formation probed via parametric stack-fitting of known sources to radio imaging'
Roseboom I.G., Best P.N., 2014, MNRAS, 439, 1286

'The stellar mass function of star-forming galaxies and the mass-dependent SFR function since z = 2.23 from HiZELS'
Sobral D., Best P.N., Smail I., Mobasher B., Stott J., Nisbet D., 2014, MNRAS, 437, 3516

2013

'A fundamental metallicity relation for galaxies at z = 0.84-1.47 from HiZELS'
Stott J.P., Sobral D., Bower R., Smail I., Best P.N., Matsuda Y., Hayashi M., Geach J.E., Kodama T., 2013, MNRAS, 436, 1130

'The Dynamics of z = 0.8 Halpha-selected Star-forming Galaxies from KMOS/CF-HiZELS'
Sobral D., Swinbank A.M., Stott J.P., Matthee J., Bower R.G., Smail I., Best P.N., Geach J.E., Sharples R.M., 2013, ApJ, 779, 139

'Herschel reveals the obscured star formation in HiZELS Halpha emitters at z = 1.47'
Ibar E., Sobral D., Best P.N., Ivison R.J., Smail I. (and 26 other co-authors), MNRAS, 434, 3218

'LOFAR: The LOw-Frequency ARray'
van Haarlem M. et al. (201 authors including Best P.N.), 2013, A&A, 556, 2

'The relation between morphology, accretion modes and environmental factors in local radio AGN'
Gendre M.A., Best P.N., Wall J.V., Ker L.M., 2013, MNRAS, 430, 3086

'The merger rates and sizes of galaxies across the peak epoch of star formation from the HiZELS survey'
Stott J.P., Sobral D., Smail I., Bower R., Best P.N., Geach J.E., 2013, MNRAS, 430, 1158

'Calibrating [O II] star formation rates at z < 1 from dual Halpha-[OII] imaging from HiZELS'
Hayashi M., Sobral D., Best P.N., Smail I., Kodama T., 2013, MNRAS, 430, 1042

'Effect of the interactions and environment on nuclear activity'
Sabater J., Best P.N., Argudo-Fernandez M., 2013, MNRAS, 430, 638

'A large, multi-epoch H-alpha survey at z=2.23, 1.47, 0.84 and 0.40: the 11 Gyr evolution of star-forming galaxies from HiZELS'
Sobral D., Smail I., Best P.N., Geach J.E., Matsuda Y., Stott J.P., Cirasuolo M., Kurk J. 2013, MNRAS, 428, 1128

2012

'The Properties of the Star-forming Interstellar Medium at z = 0.8-2.2 from HiZELS: Star Formation and Clump Scaling Laws in Gas-rich, Turbulent Disks'
Swinbank, A.M., Smail I., Sobral D., Theuns T., Best P.N., Geach J.E., 2012, ApJ, 760, 130

'The properties of the star-forming interstellar medium at z = 0.84-2.23 from HiZELS: mapping the internal dynamics and metallicity gradients in high-redshift disc galaxies'
Swinbank, A.M., Sobral, D., Smail I., Geach J.E., Best, P.N., McCarthy I.G., Crain R.A., Theuns T., 2012, MNRAS, 426, 935

'The clustering of H-alpha emitters at z=2.23 from HiZELS'
Geach J.E., Sobral D., Hickox R.C., Wake D.A., Smail I., Best P.N., Baugh C.M., Stott J.P., 2012, MNRAS, 426, 679

'The AMIGA sample of isolated galaxies XI: Optical characterisation of nuclear activity'
Sabater J., Verdes-Montenegro L., Leon S., Best P.N., Sulentic J., 2012, A&A, 545, 15

'The triggering probability of radio-loud AGN: a comparison of high and low excitation radio galaxies in hosts of different colour'
Janssen R.M.J., Rottgering H.J.A., Best P.N., Brinchmann J., 2012, A&A, 541, 62

'On the fundamental dichotomy in the local radio-AGN population: accretion, evolution and host galaxy properties'
Best P.N., Heckman T.M., 2012, MNRAS, 421, 1569
The associated table of radio sources and their properties can be found here.

'New insights on the z-alpha correlation from complete radio samples'
Ker L.M., Best P.N., Rigby E.E., Rottgering H.J.A., Gendre M.A., 2012, MNRAS, 420, 2644

'Star formation at z=1.47 from HiZELS: An H-alpha+ [OII] double-blind study'
Sobral D., Best P.N., Matsuda Y., Smail I., Geach J.G., Cirasuolo M., 2012, MNRAS, 420, 1926

2011

'An H-alpha search for over-dense regions at z=2.23'
Matsuda Y., Smail I., Geach J.E., Best P.N., et al. (19 authors), 2011, MNRAS, 416, 2041

'The luminosity-dependent high-redshift turnover in the steep spectrum radio luminosity function: clear evidence for downsizing in the radio-AGN population'
Rigby E.E., Best P.N., Brookes M.H., Peacock J.A., Dunlop J.S., Rottgering H.J.A., Wall J.V., Ker L., 2011, MNRAS, 416, 1900

'Testing black hole jet scaling relations in low luminosity AGN'
de Gasperin F., Merloni A., Sell P., Best P.N., Heinz S., Kauffmann G., 2011, MNRAS, 415, 2910

'The Na D profiles of nearby low-power radio sources: jets powering outflows'
Lehnert M.D., Tasse C., Nesvadba N.P.H., Best P.N., van Driel W., 2011, A&A, 532, L3

'A near-infrared morphological comparison of high-redshift submm and radio galaxies: massive star-forming discs vs relaxed spheroids'
Targett T.A., Dunlop J.S., McLure R.J., Best P.N., Cirasuolo M., Almaini O., 2011, MNRAS, 412, 295

'The dependence of star formation activity on environment and stellar-mass at z~1 from the HiZELS H-alpha survey'
Sobral D., Best P.N., Smail I., Geach J., Cirasuolo M., Garn T., Dalton G.B., 2011, 411, 675

'The dependence of X-ray AGN activity on host galaxy properties and environment'
Tasse C., Rottgering H., Best P.N., 2011, A&A, 525, 127

'The black holes of radio galaxies during the Quasar Era: masses, accretion rates, and evolutionary stage'
Nesvadba N.P.H., De Breuck C., Lehnert M.D., Best P.N., Binette L., Proga D., 2011, A&A, 525, 43

2010

'Predicting dust extinction from the stellar mass of a galaxy'
Garn T., Best P.N., 2010, MNRAS, 409, 421

'Clustering of Radio Galaxies and Quasars'
Donoso E., Li, C., Kauffmann G., Best P.N., Heckman T., 2010, MNRAS, 407, 1078

'The Combined NVSS-FIRST Galaxies (CoNFIG) sample - II. Comparison of space densities in the Fanaroff-Riley dichotomy'
Gendre M.A., Best P.N., Wall J.V., 2010, MNRAS, 404, 1719

'The clustering and evolution of H-alpha emitters at z~1 from HiZELS'
Sobral D., Best P.N., Geach J.E., Smail I., Cirasuolo M., Garn T., Dalton G.B., Kurk J., 2010, MNRAS, 404, 1551

'Obscured star formation at z=0.84 with HiZELS: the relationship between star formation rate and H-alpha or ultraviolet dust extinction'
Garn T., Sobral D., Best P.N., Geach J.E., Smail I., Cirasuolo M., Dalton G.B., Dunlop J.S., McLure R.J., Farrah D., 2010, MNRAS, 402, 2017

'Deep multi-frequency radio imaging in the Lockman Hole - II. The spectral index of submillimetre galaxies'
Ibar E., Ivison R.J., Best P.N., Coppin K., Pope A., Smail I., Dunlop J.S., 2010, MNRAS, 401, L53

2009

'Bright Ly-alpha emitters at z~9: constraints on the LF from HiZELS'
Sobral D., Best P.N., Geach J.E., Smail Ian, Kurk J., Cirasuolo M., Casali M., Ivison R.J., Coppin K., Dalton G.B., 2009, MNRAS, 398, L68

'HiZELS: a high redshift survey of H-alpha emitters. II: the nature of star-forming galaxies at z=0.84'
Sobral D., Best P.N., Geach J.E., Smail Ian, Kurk J., Cirasuolo M., Casali M., Ivison R.J., Coppin K., Dalton G.B., 2009, MNRAS, 398, 75

'The role of black holes in galaxy formation and evolution'
Cattaneo A., Faber S.M., Binney J., Dekel A., Kormendy J., Mushotzky R., Babul A., Best P.N., and 9 coauthors, 2009, Nature, 460, 213

'Deep multi-frequency radio imaging in the Lockman Hole using the GMRT and VLA: I. The nature of the sub-mJy radio population'
Ibar E., Ivison R.J., Biggs A., Lal D.V., Best P.N., Green D.A., 2009, MNRAS, 397, 281

'On the jet contribution to the AGN cosmic energy budget'
Cattaneo A., Best P.N., 2009, MNRAS, 395, 518

'Radio source populations: Results from SDSS'
Best P.N., 2009, AN, 330, 184

'The distribution of active galactic nuclei in a large sample of galaxy clusters'
Gilmour R., Best P.N., Almaini O., 2009, MNRAS, 392, 1509

'Evolution of the radio-loud galaxy population'
Donoso E., Best P.N., Kauffmann G., 2009, MNRAS, 392, 617

2008

'Radio-loud AGN in the XMM-LSS field. II. A dichotomy in environment and accretion mode?'
Tasse C., Best P.N., Rottgering H., Le Borgne D., 2008, A&A, 490, 893

'Radio-loud AGN in the XMM-LSS field. I. Optical identification and sample selection'
Tasse C., Le Borgne D., Rottgering H., Best P.N., Pierre M., Rocca-Volmerange B., 2008, A&A, 490, 879

'Radio loud AGN and the L_X - sigma relation of galaxy groups and clusters'
Shen S., Kauffmann G., von der Linden A., White S.D.M., Best P.N., 2008, MNRAS, 389, 1074

'HiZELS: a high redshift survey of H emitters. I: the cosmic star formation rate and clustering at z=2.23'
Geach J., Smail I., Best P.N., Kurk J., Casali M., Ivison R., Coppin K., 2008, MNRAS, 388, 1473

'Exploring the infrared/radio correlation at high redshift'
Ibar E., Cirasuolo M., Ivison R., Best P.N., Smail I., Biggs A., Simpson C., Dunlop J., Almaini O., McLure R.J., Foucard S., Rawlings S., 2008, MNRAS, 386, 953

'A Combined EIS-NVSS Survey Of Radio Sources (CENSORS) III: Spectroscopic observations'
Brookes M.H., Best P.N., Peacock J.A., Rottgering H.J.A., Dunlop J.S., 2008, MNRAS, 385, 1297

'A sample of mJy radio sources at 1.4GHz in the Lynx and Hercules fields - II. Cosmic evolution of the space density of FR I radio sources'
Rigby E.E., Best P.N., Snellen I.A.G., 2008, MNRAS, 385, 310

'Radio jets in galaxies with actively accreting black holes: new insights from the SDSS'
Kauffmann G., Heckman T.M., Best P.N., 2008, MNRAS, 384, 953

2007

'Luminosity function, sizes and FR dichotomy of radio-loud AGN'
Kaiser C.R., Best P.N., 2007, MNRAS, 381, 1548

'GMRT observations of the XMM-LSS Survey field'
Tasse C., Rottgering H.J.A., Best P.N., Cohen A.S., Pierre M., Wilman R., 2007, A&A, 471, 1105

'Environmental dependence of AGN activity in the supercluster A901/2'
Gilmour R., Gray M.E., Almaini O., Best P., Wolf C., Meisenheimer K., Papovich C., Bell E., 2007, MNRAS, 380, 1467

'A sample of mJy radio sources at 1.4GHz in the Lynx and Hercules fields - I. Radio imaging, multicolour photometry and spectroscopy'
Rigby E.E., Snellen I.A.G., Best P.N., 2007, MNRAS, 380, 1449

'On the prevalence of radio-loud AGN in brightest cluster galaxies: implications for AGN heating of cooling flows'
Best P.N., von der Linden A., Kauffmann G., Heckman T., Kaiser C.R., 2007, MNRAS, 379, 894

'How special are brightest group and cluster galaxies'
von der Linden A., Best P.N., Kauffmann G., White S.D.M., 2007, MNRAS, 379, 867

'0.5 Mpc-scale extended X-ray emission in 4C 23.56'
Johnson O., Almaini O., Best P.N., Dunlop J., 2007, MNRAS, 376, 151

2006

'The X-ray properties of optically selected z > 0.6 clusters in the European Southern Observatory Distant Cluster Survey'
Johnson O., Best P.N., Zaritsky D., Clowe D., Aragon-Salamanca A., Halliday C., Jablonka P., Milvang-Jensen B., Pello R., Poggianti B.M., Rudnick G., Saglia R., Simard L., White S.D.M., 2006, MNRAS, 371, 1777

'AGN-controlled cooling in elliptical galaxies'
Best P.N., Kaiser C.R., Heckman T.M., Kauffmann G., 2006, MNRAS, 368, L67

'On the evolution of the black hole: spheroid mass ratio'
McLure R.J., Jarvis M.J., Targett T.A., Dunlop J.S., Best P.N., 2006, MNRAS, 368, 1395

'Deviations from passive evolution - star formation and the ultraviolet excess in z~1 radio galaxies'
Inskip K.J., Best P.N., Longair M.S., 2006, MNRAS, 367, 693

'A combined EIS-NVSS survey of radio sources, II: Infrared imaging and the K-z relation'
Brookes M.H., Best P.N., Rengelink R., Rottgering H.J.A., 2006, MNRAS, 366, 1265

2005

'A sample of radio-loud AGN in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey'
Best P.N., Kauffmann G., Heckman T.M., Ivezic Z., 2005, MNRAS, 362, 9
The associated table of radio sources and their properties can be found here.

'The host galaxies of radio-loud AGN: mass dependencies, gas cooling and AGN feedback'
Best P.N., Kauffmann G., Heckman T.M., Brinchmann J., Charlot S., Ivezic Z., White S.D.M., 2005, MNRAS, 362, 25

'HST and UKIRT imaging observations of z~1 6C radio galaxies - II. Galaxy morphologies and the alignment effect'
Inskip K.J., Best P.N., Longair M.S., Rottgering H.J.A, 2005, MNRAS, 359, 1393

2004

'VLT spectropolarimetry of two powerful radio galxaies at z~1.4: UV continuum, emission line properties and the nature of high-redshift dust'
Solorzano Inarrea C., Best P.N., Rottgering H.J.A., Cimatti A., 2004, MNRAS, 351, 997

'The environmental dependence of radio-loud AGN activity and star formation in the 2dFGRS'
Best P.N., 2004, MNRAS, 351, 70

2003

`The final two redshifts for radio sources from the equatorial BRL sample'
Best P.N., Peacock J.A., Brookes M.H., Dowsett R.E., Rottgering H.J.A., Dunlop J.S., Lehnert M.D., 2003, MNRAS, 346, 1021

`CENSORS: A Combined EIS-NVSS Survey Of Radio Sources. I - Sample definition, radio data, and optical identifications'
Best P.N., Arts J.N., Rottgering H.J.A., Rengelink R., Brookes M.H., Wall J., 2003, MNRAS, 346, 627

`HST and UKIRT imaging observations of z~1 6C radio galaxies - I. The data'
Inskip K.J., Best P.N., Longair M.S., Rawlings S., Rottgering H.J.A, Eales S., 2003, MNRAS, 345, 1365

`The AGN content of the z=0.83 cluster MS1054-03'
Johnson O., Best P.N., Almaini O., 2003, MNRAS, 343, 924

`Red galaxy overdensities and the varied cluster environments of powerful radio sources with z~1.6'
Best P.N., Lehnert M.D., Miley G.K., Rottgering H.J.A., 2003, MNRAS, 343, 1

2002

`Deep spectroscopy of z~1 6C radio galaxies - II. Breaking the redshift -- radio power degeneracy'
Inskip K.J., Best P.N., Rottgering H.J.A, Rawlings S., Longair M.S., Cotter G., Eales S., 2002, MNRAS, 337, 1407

`Deep spectroscopy of z~1 6C radio galaxies - I. The effects of radio power and size on the properties of the emission line gas'
Inskip K.J., Best P.N., Rawlings S., Longair M.S., Cotter G., Rottgering H.J.A., Eales S., 2002, MNRAS, 337, 1381

`An excess of sub-millimetre sources towards z~1 clusters'
Best P.N., 2002, MNRAS, 336, 1293

`Micro-Jy radio sources in the z=0.83 cluster MS1054-03'
Best P.N., van Dokkum P., Franx M., Rottgering H.J.A., 2002, MNRAS, 330, 17

`Infrared magnitude-redshift relations for luminous radio galaxies'
Inskip K.J., Best P.N., Longair M.S., MacKay D.J.C., 2002, MNRAS, 329, 277

2001

`Distant FRI radio galaxies in the Hubble Deep Field: Implications for the cosmological evolution of radio-loud AGN'
Snellen I. and Best P.N., 2001, MNRAS, 328, 897

2000

`The cluster environments of the z~1 3CR radio galaxies'
Best P.N., 2000, MNRAS, 317, 720

`A statistical study of emission lines from high redshift radio galaxies'
De Breuck C., Rottgering H., Miley G., van Breugel W., Best P.N., 2000, A&A, 362, 519

`The dust-radio connection in 3CR radio galaxies'
De Koff S., Best P.N., Baum S., Sparks W., Rottgering H., Miley G., Golumbek D., Macchetto F., Martel A., 2000, ApJS, 129, 33

`More redshifts of powerful equatorial radio sources from the BRL sample'
Best P.N., Rottgering H.J.A., Lehnert M.D., 2000, MNRAS, 315, 21

`Ionisation, shocks, and evolution of the emission line gas of distant 3CR radio galaxies'
Best P.N., Rottgering H.J.A., Longair M.S., 2000, MNRAS, 311, 23

`Deep spectroscopy of distant 3CR radio galaxies: the data'
Best P.N., Rottgering H.J.A., Longair M.S., 2000, MNRAS, 311, 1

1999

`A 98% spectroscopically complete sample of the most powerful equatorial radio sources at 408 MHz'
Best P.N., Rottgering H.J.A., Lehnert M.D., 1999, MNRAS, 310, 223

`Studies of a sample of 6C radio galaxies at redshift one, I - Deep multi-frequency radio observations'
Best P.N., Eales S.A., Longair M.S., Rawlings S., Rottgering H.J.A., 1999, MNRAS, 303, 616

1998

`Dust in 3C324'
Best P.N., Rottgering H.J.A., Bremer M.N., Cimatti A., Mack K.H., Miley G.K., Pentericci L., Tilanus R.P.J., van der Werf P.P., MNRAS, 1998, 301, L15.

`Deep radio observations of 3C324 and 3C368: evidence for jet-cloud interactions'
Best P.N., Carilli C.L., Garrington S.T., Longair M.S., Rottgering H.J.A., 1998, MNRAS, 299, 357

`HST, radio and infrared observations of 28 3CR radio galaxies at redshift z = 1 - II. Old stellar populations'
Best P.N., Longair M.S., Rottgering H.J.A., 1998, MNRAS, 295, 549

1997

`HST, radio and infrared observations of 28 3CR radio galaxies at redshift z = 1 - I. The observations'
Best P.N., Longair M.S., Rottgering H.J.A., 1997, MNRAS, 292, 758

`A jet-cloud interaction in 3C34 at z=0.69'
Best P.N., Longair M.S., Rottgering H.J.A., 1997, MNRAS, 286, 785.

1996

`Evolution of the Aligned Structures of z ~ 1 Radio Galaxies'
Best P.N., Longair M.S., Rottgering H.J.A., 1996, MNRAS, 280, L9

1995

`HST Observations of 3 Radio Galaxies at Redshift z=1'
Longair M.S., Best P.N., Rottgering H.J.A., 1995, MNRAS, 275, L47

`Radio Source Asymmetries and Unified Schemes'
Best P.N., Bailer D.M., Longair M.S., Riley J.M., 1995, MNRAS, 275, 1171

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