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ID: 742388.0, MPI für Astronomie / Publikationen_mpia
Copious amounts of dust and gas in a z = 7.5 quasar host galaxy
Authors:Venemans, B. P.; Walter, F.; Decarli, R.; Bañados, E.; Carilli, C.; Winters, J. M.; Schuster, K.; da Cunha, E.; Fan, X.; Farina, E. P.; Mazzucchelli, C.; Rix, H.-W.; Weiss, A.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2017
Title of Journal:The Astrophysical Journal Letters
Volume:851
Issue / Number:1
Start Page:id. L8 (6 pp)
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:We present IRAM/NOEMA and JVLA observations of the quasar J1342+0928 at z = 7.54 and report detections of copious amounts of dust and [C II] emission in the interstellar medium (ISM) of its host galaxy. At this redshift, the age of the universe is 690 Myr, about 10% younger than the redshift of the previous quasar record holder. Yet, the ISM of this new quasar host galaxy is significantly enriched by metals, as evidenced by the detection of the [C II] 158 μm cooling line and the underlying far-infrared (FIR) dust continuum emission. To the first order, the FIR properties of this quasar host are similar to those found at a slightly lower redshift (z∼ 6), making this source by far the FIR-brightest galaxy known at z≳ 7.5. The [C II] emission is spatially unresolved, with an upper limit on the diameter of 7 kpc. Together with the measured FWHM of the [C II] line, this yields a dynamical mass of the host of < 1.5× {10}11 {M}ȯ . Using standard assumptions about the dust temperature and emissivity, the NOEMA measurements give a dust mass of (0.6{--}4.3)× {10}8 {M}ȯ . The brightness of the [C II] luminosity, together with the high dust mass, imply active ongoing star formation in the quasar host. Using [C II]–SFR scaling relations, we derive star formation rates of 85–545 {M}ȯ yr‑1 in the host, consistent with the values derived from the dust continuum. Indeed, an episode of such past high star formation is needed to explain the presence of ∼108 M of dust implied by the observations.
Free Keywords:cosmology: observations; galaxies: active; galaxies: high-redshift; galaxies: ISM
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Astronomie
Identifiers:ISSN:0004-637X
URL:http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2017ApJ...851L...8V
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