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ID: 11062.0, MPI für Radioastronomie / Publikationen des MPI für Radioastronomie
CO and dust in PSS 2322+1944 at a redshift of 4.12
Authors:Cox, P.; Omont, A.; Djorgovski, S. G.; Bertoldi, F.; Pety, J.; Carilli, C. L.; Isaak, K. G.; Beelen, A.; McMahon, R. G.; Castro, S.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2002-05
Title of Journal:Astronomy & Astrophysics
Journal Abbrev.:Astron. Astrophys.
Issue / Number:2
Start Page:406
End Page:411
Review Status:Peer-review
Audience:Experts Only
Abstract / Description:Using the IRAM interferometer we have detected J=4-->3 and 5-- >4 CO line emission toward the radio quiet quasar PSS 2322+1944. At a redshift of z(CO)=4.1199 this is the fourth and strongest detection of CO at z>4. The velocity-integrated CO J=4-->3 and J=5-->4 line fluxes are 4.21+/-0.40 and 3.74+/-0.56 Jy km s(-1), and the linewidth is approximate to300 km s(-1). The CO J=10-->9 was searched for but not detected with an upper intensity limit of 30 mJy. The 1.35 mm (250 mum rest wavelength) continuum flux density is 7.5+/-1.3 mJy, in agreement with previous bolometer measurements at 1.2 mm with the 30-m IRAM telescope. The 3 mm (580 mum rest wavelength) continuum is not detected with a 3 sigma upper limit of 0.7 mJy. We also report observations of the 450 mum continuum in PSS 2322+1944 using the SCUBA array at the JCMT. The quasar was detected with a 450 mum flux density of 79+/-19 mJy. At the angular resolution of 4."8+/-2."1 at 1.3 mm and 6."2+/-4."9 at 3.2 mm, the interferometer observations do not show evidence of spatial extension in the continuum or CO line emission. Assuming no gravitational magnification, we estimate a molecular gas mass of approximate to2.5x10(11) M-circle dot. The molecular gas is warm (40-100 K) and dense (10(3.5)-10(4.1) cm(-3)). The infrared-to-CO luminosity ratio is approximate to185 L-circle dot (K km s(-1) pc(2))(-1), comparable to the values found for ultraluminous infrared galaxies. The detection of CO emission in this high redshift QSO provides further evidence that the radio emission and the millimeter to submillimeter continuum emission are predominantly powered by a starburst which is coeval with the AGN activity.
Free Keywords:galaxies : formation; quasars : emission lines; quasars : individual : PSS 2322+1944; cosmology : observations; cosmology : early Universe; radio lines : galaxies
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Radioastronomie
External Affiliations:Univ Paris 11, Inst Astrophys Spatiale, Bat 425, F-91405 Orsay,; France; Univ Paris 11, Inst Astrophys Spatiale, F-91405 Orsay, France; CNRS, Inst Astrophys Paris, F-75014 Paris, France; CALTECH, Dept Astron, Pasadena, CA 91125 USA; Max Planck Inst Radioastron, D-53121 Bonn, Germany; Inst Radio Astron Millimetr, F-38406 St Martin Dheres, France; Natl Radio Astron Observ, Socorro, NM 87801 USA; Univ Cambridge, Cavendish Lab, Cambridge CB3 0HE, England; Univ Cambridge, Inst Astron, Cambridge CB3 0HA, England; CALTECH, Ctr Infrared Proc & Anal, Pasadena, CA 91125 USA
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