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Stellar Populations in Extremely Red Galaxies
A.Hempel, D.Schaerer, .Egami, R.Pell\'o

As part of our deep multi-colour survey of two gravitational lensing clusters, Abell 1835 and AC114, used to search for very high redshift galaxies we have detected a number of extremely red galaxies (EROs, R-K$_{s}> $5.6). Following up on our deep optical and near-IR imaging we used deep HST/ACS imaging in the z$_{850}$ band and Spitzer IRAC and MIPS photometry to further constrain the photometric redshifts and to classify the nature of this objects. New Chandra observations are also being completed. Based on different classification schemes, e.g R-J vs. J-K colour or a combination of near- and mid- infrared colours, we try to discriminate the two most popular EROs populations, elliptical galaxies and dusty starbursts. As result we would classify most of the EROs as starbursts. The spectral energy distribution of the majority of EROs with a detection in two or more IRAC bands reveal starbursts at $z \sim$ 1.5 to 3 with a considerably extinction .The strong field to field variations in surface density $\sigma$=1.1 arcmin$^{-2}$ for Abell 1835 and $\sigma$=0.16 arcmin$^{-2}$ for AC114 (K$<$22.0), indicates that the numbers and sky distributions of EROs are very different for each field of view. This is consistent with the results by other widefield EROs surveys, which suggest a strong clustering of EROs.

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