Ashby, Matthew L. N.
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Steward Observ
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CitationKyoung-Soo Lee et al 2018 ApJ 862 24
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AbstractWe report the discovery and spectroscopic confirmation of a very large star-forming galaxy, G6025, at z(spec) = 3.721 +/- 0.003. In the rest frame approximate to 2100 angstrom, G6025 subtends approximate to 24 kpc in physical extent when measured from the 1.5 sigma isophote, in agreement with the parametric size measurements that yield a half-light radius of 4.9 +/- 0.5 kpc and a semimajor axis of 12.5 +/- 0.1 kpc. It is also very UV-luminous (approximate to 5L(UV,z similar to 4)*) and young (approximate to 140 +/- 60 Myr). Despite its unusual size and luminosity, the stellar population parameters and dust reddening (M-star similar to M-z similar to 4*( )and E(B - V) similar to 0.18 +/- 0.05) estimated from the integrated light are similar to those of smaller galaxies at comparable redshifts. The ground-based morphology and spectroscopy show two dominant components, both located off-center, embedded in more diffuse emission. We speculate that G6025 may be a scaled-up version of chain galaxies seen in deep HST imaging or, alternatively, a nearly equal-mass merger involving two super-L* galaxies in its early stage. It lies close to but not within a known massive protocluster at z = 3.78. We find four companions within 6 Mpc from G6025, two of which lie within 1.6 Mpc. While the limited sensitivity of the existing spectroscopy does not allow us to robustly characterize the local environment of G6025, it likely resides in a locally overdense environment. The luminosity, size, and youth of G6025 make it uniquely suited to study the early formation of massive galaxies in the universe.
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SponsorsW. M. Keck Foundation; NASA Keck PI Data Award; NASA [NASA/JPL 1497290, 1520350]; National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO)
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