A submm survey of Lyman-alpha haloes in the SA22 protocluster at z=3.1
Geach, J. E.
Chapman, S. C.
Ivison, R. J.
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We present the results from a submm survey of a sample of 23 giant Lya emitting nebulae in the overdensity at z=3.09 in the SA22 field. These objects, which have become known as Lya Blobs (LABs) have a diverse range of morphology and surface brightness, but the nature of their power source is unclear - with cooling flows and/or AGN/starburst ionised winds being possibilities. Using the SCUBA submm camera we measure the 850um flux of a sample of LABs, detecting four LABs at >3.5sigma individually, and a modest statistical detection of the full sample at about 3mJy. These fluxes correspond to bolometric luminosities in the ultraluminous regime, with star-formation rates of about 1e3 Msun/yr. We show there is a trend between Lya luminosity and bolometric output, which suggests that a galactic scale superwind generated from starbursts of age 10-100Myr may be responsible for the Lya emission. We estimate the star-formation rate density in SA22 to be >3 Msun/yr/Mpc^3 - greater than the field at this epoch, and note that there are now 7 submm galaxies in the SA22 structure, making this region the richest association of these intensely active galaxies. Finally we suggest that Lya haloes may be a common feature of the submm population in general, and have an important role in the heating and enrichment of the intergalactic medium.
Geach, J. E., Y. Matsuda, Ian Smail, S. C. Chapman, et al. 2005. "A submm survey of Lyman-alpha haloes in the SA22 protocluster at z=3.1." Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 363(4): 1398-1408