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ID: 709845.0, MPI für Astronomie / Publikationen_mpia
Star formation relations and CO spectral line energy distributions across the J-ladder and redshift
Authors:Greve, T. R.; Leonidaki, I.; Xilouris, E. M.; Weiß, A.; Zhang, Z. -. Y.; van der Werf, P.; Aalto, S.; Armus, L.; Díaz-Santos, T.; Evans, A. S.; Fischer, J.; Gao, Y.; González-Alfonso, E.; Harris, A.; Henkel, C.; Meijerink, R.; Naylor, D. A.; Smith, H. A.; Spaans, M.; Stacey, G. J.; Veilleux, S.; Walter, F.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2014
Title of Journal:The Astrophysical Journal
Issue / Number:2
Start Page:id. 142 (16 pp)
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:We present FIR [50-300 mum]-CO luminosity relations (i.e., log L_FIR = alpha log L\prime _CO + beta) for the full CO rotational ladder from J = 1-0 up to J = 13-12 for a sample of 62 local (z <= 0.1) (Ultra) Luminous Infrared Galaxies (LIRGs; L IR[8-1000 mum] > 1011 L &sun;) using data from Herschel SPIRE-FTS and ground-based telescopes. We extend our sample to high redshifts (z > 1) by including 35 submillimeter selected dusty star forming galaxies from the literature with robust CO observations, and sufficiently well-sampled FIR/submillimeter spectral energy distributions (SEDs), so that accurate FIR luminosities can be determined. The addition of luminous starbursts at high redshifts enlarge the range of the FIR-CO luminosity relations toward the high-IR-luminosity end, while also significantly increasing the small amount of mid-J/high-J CO line data (J = 5-4 and higher) that was available prior to Herschel. This new data set (both in terms of IR luminosity and J-ladder) reveals linear FIR-CO luminosity relations (i.e., alpha ~= 1) for J = 1-0 up to J = 5-4, with a nearly constant normalization (beta ~ 2). In the simplest physical scenario, this is expected from the (also) linear FIR-(molecular line) relations recently found for the dense gas tracer lines (HCN and CS), as long as the dense gas mass fraction does not vary strongly within our (merger/starburst)-dominated sample. However, from J = 6-5 and up to the J = 13-12 transition, we find an increasingly sublinear slope and higher normalization constant with increasing J. We argue that these are caused by a warm (~100 K) and dense (>104 cm-3) gas component whose thermal state is unlikely to be maintained by star-formation-powered far-UV radiation fields (and thus is no longer directly tied to the star formation rate). We suggest that mechanical heating (e.g., supernova-driven turbulence and shocks), and not cosmic rays, is the more likely source of energy for this component. The global CO spectral line energy distributions, which remain highly excited from J = 6-5 up to J = 13-12, are found to be a generic feature of the (U)LIRGs in our sample, and further support the presence of this gas component.
Free Keywords:galaxies: evolution; galaxies: formation; galaxies: ISM; galaxies: starburst; ISM: molecules
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Astronomie
Identifiers:ISSN:0004-637X %R 10.1088/0004-637X/794/2/142
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