Thursday May 17th, 2012

[CII] line emission in massive star-forming galaxies at z=4.7

Authors: J. Wagg, T. Wiklind, C.L. Carilli, D. Espada, A. Peck, D. Riechers, F. Walter, A. Wootten, M. Aravena, D. Barkats, J.R. Cortes, R. Hills, J. Hodge, C. M V. Impellizzeri, D. Iono, A. Leroy, S. Martin, M.G. Rawlings, R. Maiolino, R.G. McMahon, K.S. Scott, E. Villard, C. Vlahakis
(Submitted on 15 May 2012)

Abstract: We present Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) observations of the [CII] 157.7micron fine structure line and thermal dust continuum emission from a pair of gas-rich galaxies at z=4.7, BR1202-0725. This system consists of a luminous quasar host galaxy and a bright submm galaxy (SMG), while a fainter star-forming galaxy is also spatially coincident within a 4” (25 kpc) region. All three galaxies are detected in the submm continuum, indicating FIR luminosities in excess of 10^13 Lsun for the two most luminous objects. The SMG and the quasar host galaxy are both detected in [CII] line emission with luminosities, L([CII]) = (10.0 +/- 1.5)x10^9 Lsun and L([CII]) = (6.5+/-1.0)x10^9 Lsun, respectively. We estimate a luminosity ratio, L([CII])/L(FIR) = (8.3+/-1.2)x10^-4 for the starburst SMG to the North, and L([CII])/L(FIR) = (2.5+/-0.4)x10^-4 for the quasar host galaxy, in agreement with previous high-redshift studies that suggest lower [CII]-to-FIR luminosity ratios in quasars than in starburst galaxies. The third fainter object with a flux density, S(340GHz) = 1.9+/-0.3 mJy, is coincident with a Ly-Alpha emitter and is detected in HST ACS F775W and F814W images but has no clear counterpart in the H-band. Even if this third companion does not lie at a similar redshift to BR1202-0725, the quasar and the SMG represent an overdensity of massive, infrared luminous star-forming galaxies within 1.3 Gyr of the Big Bang.

Cosmology and Extragalactic Astrophysics (astro-ph.CO)
arXiv:1205.3498v1 [astro-ph.CO]
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