Detection of molecular gas in an ALMA [C II]-identified submillimetre galaxy at z = 4.44

Minh Huynh, A.E. Kimball, R.P. Norris, I.R. Smail, K. Chow, K.E.K. Coppin, B.H.C. Emonts, R.J. Ivison, V. Smolčić, A.M. Swinbank

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    We present the detection of 12CO(2-1) in the z = 4.44 submillimetre galaxy ALESS65.1 using the Australia Telescope Compact Array. A previous Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array study of submillimetre galaxies (SMGs) in the Extended Chandra Deep Field South determined the redshift of this optically and near-infrared undetected source through the measurement of [C II] 157.74 μm emission. Using the luminosity of the 12CO(2-1) emission, we estimate the gas mass to be Mgas ~1.7×1010M⊙. The gas depletion time-scale of ALESS65.1 is ~ 25 Myr, similar to other high-redshift SMGs and consistent with z > 4 SMGs being the progenitors of massive 'red-and-dead' galaxies at z > 2. The ratio of the [C II], 12CO and farinfrared luminosities implies a strong far-ultraviolet field ofG0 ~103.25, which is at the high end of the far-ultraviolet fields seen in local starbursts, but weaker than the far-ultraviolet fields of most nearby ultraluminous infrared galaxies (ULIRGs). The high ratio of L[C II]/LFIR = 1.0 × 10-3 observed in ALESS65.1, combined with L[C II]/LCO ~ 2300, is consistent with ALESS65.1 having more extended regions of intense star formation than local ULIRGs. © 2014 The Authors. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)L54-L58
    JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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