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ID: 11056.0, MPI für Radioastronomie / Publikationen des MPI für Radioastronomie
High-resolution imaging of molecular line emission from high- redshift QSOs
Authors:Carilli, C. L.; Kohno, K.; Kawabe, R.; Ohta, K.; Henkel, C.; Menten, K. M.; Yun, M. S.; Petric, A.; Tutui, Y.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2002-04
Title of Journal:Astronomical Journal
Journal Abbrev.:Astron. J.
Issue / Number:4
Start Page:1838
End Page:1846
Review Status:Peer-review
Audience:Experts Only
Abstract / Description:We present moderate-(1") and high-resolution (0."2) observations of the CO (2-1) emission at 43 GHz and radio continuum emission at 1.47 GHz from the z = 4.7 QSO BRI 1202- 0725 and the z = 4.4 QSO BRI 1335 0417 using the Very Large Array. The moderate- resolution observations show that in both cases the CO emission is spatially resolved into two components separated by 1" for BRI 1335 -0417 and 4" for BRI 1202-0725. The high-resolution observations show that each component has substructure on scales similar to 0."2-0."5, with intrinsic brightness temperatures greater than or equal to20 K. The CO ladder from (2-1) up to (7-6) suggests a high kinetic temperature for the gas (T-kin similar or equal to 70 K) and a high column density [N(H-2) similar or equal to 10(24) cm(-2)]. In both sources the continuum-to-line ratio is LFIR/LCO(1-0)' similar or equal to 335. All these characteristics ( brightness temperature, excitation temperature, column density, and continuum-to-line ratio) are comparable to conditions found in low-redshift, ultraluminous nuclear starburst galaxies. We find that the CO-emitting regions in BRI 1202-0725 and BRI 1335-0417 must be close to face-on in order to avoid having the gas mass exceed the gravitational mass, implying perhaps unreasonably large rotational velocities. While this problem is mitigated by lowering the CO luminosity to H-2 mass conversion factor (X), the required X values become comparable to, or lower than, the minimum values dictated by optically thin CO emission. We considered the possibility of magnification by gravitational lensing in order to reduce the molecular gas masses.
Free Keywords:galaxies : active; galaxies : distances and redshifts; galaxies : evolution; galaxies : starburst; infrared radiation; radio continuum; radio emission lines
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Radioastronomie
External Affiliations:Natl Radio Astron Observ, POB O,1003 Lopezville Rd, Socorro, NM; 87801 USA; Natl Radio Astron Observ, Socorro, NM 87801 USA; Nobeyama Radio Observ, Minamisa Ku, Nagano 3841305, Japan; Natl Astron Observ, Tokyo 181, Japan; Kyoto Univ, Dept Astron, Sakyo Ku, Kyoto 6068502, Japan; Max Planck Inst Radioastron, D-53121 Bonn, Germany; Univ Massachusetts, Dept Phys & Astron, Lederle Grad Res Ctr 640, Amherst, MA 01003 USA; New Mexico Inst Min & Technol, Socorro, NM 87801 USA; Univ Tokyo, Inst Astron, Tokyo 113, Japan
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