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ALMA and HST Kiloparsec-scale Imaging of a Quasar-galaxy Merger at Z approx 6.2

Author(s): Decarli, Roberto; Dotti, Massimo; Ba nados, Eduardo; Farina, Emanuele Paolo; Walter, Fabian; et al

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Abstract: We present kiloparsec-scale Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)and Hubble Space Telescope imaging of the quasar PJ308–21 at z=6.2342, tracing dust, gas (via the [C II]158 μm line), and young stars. At a resolution of ∼0 3 (≈1.7 kpc), the system is resolved over >4′′(>20 kpc). In particular, it features a main component, identified to be the quasar host galaxy, centered on the accreting supermassive black hole; and two other extended components are on the west and east side: one redshifted and the other blueshifted relative to the quasar. The [C II]emission of the entire system stretches over >1500 km s−1 along the line of sight. All the components of the system are observed in dust, [C II], and rest-frame ultraviolet (UV)emission. The inferred [C II] luminosities [(0.9–4.6)×109 L]; dust luminosities [(0.15–2.6)×1012 L]; rest-frame UV luminosities [(6.6–15)×1010 L], their ratios, and the implied gas/dust masses; and star formation rates [11–290 M yr−1] are typical of high-redshift star-forming galaxies. A toy model of a single satellite galaxy that is tidally stripped by the interaction with the quasar host galaxy can account for the observed velocity and spatial extent of the two extended components. An outflow interpretation of the unique features in PJ308–21 is not supported by the data. PJ308–21 is thus one of the earliest galaxy mergers imaged at cosmic dawn.
Publication Date: 5-Aug-2019
Electronic Publication Date: 1-Aug-2019
Citation: Decarli, Roberto, Dotti, Massimo, Ba nados, Eduardo, Farina, Emanuele Paolo, Walter, Fabian, Carilli, Chris, Fan, Xiaohui, Mazzucchelli, Chiara, Neeleman, Marcel, Novak, Mladen, Riechers, Dominik, Strauss, Michael A, Venemans, Bram P, Yang, Yujin, Wang, Ran. (2019). ALMA and HST Kiloparsec-scale Imaging of a Quasar-galaxy Merger at Z \ensuremath\approx 6.2. \apj, 880 (157 - 157. doi:10.3847/1538-4357/ab297f
DOI: doi:10.3847/1538-4357/ab297f
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Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Astrophysical Journal
Version: Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.

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