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ID: 421720.0, MPI für Astronomie / Publikationen_mpia
Interferometric CO observations of submillimeter-faint, radio-selected starburst galaxies at z ~ 2
Authors:Chapman, S. C.; Neri, R.; Bertoldi, F.; Smail, Ian; Greve, T. R.; Trethewey, D.; Blain, A. W.; Cox, P.; Genzel, R.; Ivison, R. J.; Kovacs, A.; Omont, A.; Swinbank, A. M.
Language:English
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2008
Title of Journal:The Astrophysical Journal
Volume:689
Start Page:889
End Page:896
Review Status:Peer-review
Audience:Experts Only
Abstract / Description:High-redshift, dust-obscured galaxies, selected to be luminous in the radio but relatively faint at 850 mum, appear to represent a different population from the ultraluminous submillimeter-bright population. They may be star-forming galaxies with hotter dust temperatures, or they may have lower far-infrared luminosities and larger contributions from obscured active galactic nuclei (AGNs). Here we present observations of three z~2 examples of this population, which we term ``submillimeter-faint radio galaxies'' (SFRGs; RG J163655, RG J131236, and RG J123711) in CO(3-2) using the IRAM Plateau de Bure Interferometer to study their gas and dynamical properties. We estimate the molecular gas mass in each of the three SFRGs (8.3×109, <5.6×109, and 15.4×109 Msolar, respectively) and, in the case of RG J163655, a dynamical mass by measurement of the width of the CO(3-2) line (8×1010csc2i Msolar). While these gas masses are substantial, on average they are 4 times lower than submillimeter-selected galaxies (SMGs). Radio-inferred star formation rates (radio>=970 Msolar yr-1) suggest much higher star formation efficiencies than are found for SMGs and shorter gas depletion timescales (~11 Myr), much shorter than the time required to form their current stellar masses (~160 Myr; ~1011 Msolar). By contrast, star formation rates (SFRs) may be overestimated by factors of a few, bringing the efficiencies in line with those typically measured for other ultraluminous star-forming galaxies and suggesting that SFRGs are more like ultraviolet-selected (UV-selected) star-forming galaxies with enhanced radio emission. A tentative detection of RG J163655 at 350 mum suggests hotter dust temperatures, and thus gas-to-dust mass fractions, similar to the SMGs.
Free Keywords:Cosmology: Observations; Galaxies: Evolution; Galaxies: Formation; Galaxies: High-Redshift; Galaxies: Starburst
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Astronomie
Identifiers:URL:http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2008ApJ...689..889C [ID No:1]
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