Venemans, Bram P.
Farina, Emanuele Paolo
Strauss, Michael A.
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Steward Observ
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CitationAn ALMA [C ii] Survey of 27 Quasars at z > 5.94 2018, 854 (2):97 The Astrophysical Journal
JournalThe Astrophysical Journal
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AbstractWe present a survey of the [C II] 158 mu m line and underlying far-infrared (FIR) dust continuum emission in a sample of 27 greater than or similar to 6 quasars using the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) at similar to 1 '' resolution. The [C II] line was significantly detected (at > 5-sigma) in 23 sources (85%). We find typical line luminosities of L-[C (II]) = 10(9-10) L-circle dot, and an average line width of similar to 385 km s(-1). The [C II]-to-far-infrared luminosity ratios ([C II]/FIR) in our sources span one order of magnitude, highlighting a variety of conditions in the star-forming medium. Four quasar host galaxies are clearly resolved in their [C II] emission on a few kpc scales. Basic estimates of the dynamical masses of the host galaxies give masses between 2 x 10(10) and 2 x 10(11) M-circle dot, i.e., more than an order of magnitude below what is expected from local scaling relations, given the available limits on the masses of the central black holes (> 3 x 10(8) M-circle dot, assuming Eddington-limited accretion). In stacked ALMA [C II] spectra of individual sources in our sample, we find no evidence of a deviation from a single Gaussian profile. The quasar luminosity does not strongly correlate with either the [C II] luminosity or equivalent width. This survey (with typical on-source integration times of 8 minutes) showcases the unparalleled sensitivity of ALMA at millimeter wavelengths, and offers a unique reference sample for the study of the first massive galaxies in the universe.
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SponsorsDFG ; ERC grant Cosmic_Dawn; National Science Foundation [AST-1614213]