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05/2011;
Source: arXiv

ABSTRACT Infrared-faint radio sources (IFRSs) are a rare class of object which are
relatively bright at radio wavelengths but very faint at infrared and optical
wavelengths. Here we present sensitive near-infrared observations of a sample
of these sources taken as part of the Spitzer Extragalactic Representative
Volume Survey (SERVS). Nearly all the IFRSs are undetected at a level of ~ 1
\mu$Jy in these new deep observations, and even the detections are consistent with confusion with unrelated galaxies. A stacked image implies that the median flux density is$S_{3.6\mu m} ~ 0.2$\mu$Jy or less, giving extreme values of
the radio-infrared flux density ratio. Comparison of these objects with known
classes of object suggests that the majority are probably high-redshift
radio-loud galaxies, possibly suffering from significant dust extinction.

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