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No Evidence for Millimeter Continuum Source Overdensities in the Environments of z > approx 6 Quasars

Author(s): Champagne, Jaclyn B; Decarli, Roberto; Casey, Caitlin M; Venemans, Bram; Ba nados, Eduardo; et al

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Abstract: Bright high-redshift quasars (z >6)hosting supermassive black holes (MBH >108 Me)are expected to reside in massive host galaxies embedded within some of the earliest and most massive galaxy overdensities. We analyze 1.2 mm ALMA dust continuum maps of 35 bright quasars at 6<z<7 and search the primary beam for excess dust continuum emission from sources with LIR1012 Leas evidence for early protoclusters. We compare the detection rates of continuum sources at 5σsignificance in the fields surrounding the quasars (Aeff=4.3 arcmin2) with millimeter number counts in blank field surveys. We discover 15 mm sources in the fields excluding the quasars themselves, corresponding to an overdensity of δgal≡(Ngal −Nexp)/Nexp=−0.07±0.56, consistent with no detected overdensity of dusty galaxies within 140 physical kpc of the quasars. However, the apparent lack of continuum overdensity does not negate the hypothesis that quasars live in overdense environments, as evidenced by strong [C II] overdensities found on the same scales as similarly selected quasars. The small field of view of ALMA could miss a true overdensity if it exists on scales larger than 1 cMpc, if the quasar is not centered in the overdensity, or if quasar feedback plays a role close to the quasar, but it is most likely that the large line-of-sight volume probed by a continuum survey will wash out a true overdensity signal. We discuss the necessary factors in determining the bias with which dusty star-forming galaxies trace true dark matter overdensities in order to improve upon overdensity searches in the dust continuum.
Publication Date: 12-Nov-2018
Electronic Publication Date: 10-Nov-2018
Citation: Champagne, Jaclyn B, Decarli, Roberto, Casey, Caitlin M, Venemans, Bram, Ba nados, Eduardo, Walter, Fabian, Bertoldi, Frank, Fan, Xiaohui, Farina, Emanuele Paolo, Mazzucchelli, Chiara, Riechers, Dominik A, Strauss, Michael A, Wang, Ran, Yang, Yujin. (2018). No Evidence for Millimeter Continuum Source Overdensities in the Environments of z \ensuremath\gtrsim 6 Quasars. \apj, 867 (153 - 153. doi:10.3847/1538-4357/aae396
DOI: doi:10.3847/1538-4357/aae396
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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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