Interferometric Observations of Powerful CO Emission from the three Submillimeter Galaxies at z=2.30, 2.51 and 3.35
Ivison, R. J.
Blain, A. W.
Chapman, S. C.
Greve, T. R.
Frayer, D. T.
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We report IRAM Plateau de Bure, millimeter interferometry of three z=~2.4 to 3.4, SCUBA deep field galaxies. Our CO line observations confirm the rest-frame UV/optical redshifts, thus more than doubling the number of confirmed, published redshifts of the faint submillimeter population and proving their high-z nature. In all three sources our measurements of the intrinsic gas and dynamical mass are large (1e10 to 1e11 Msun). In at least two cases the data show that the submillimeter sources are part of an interacting system. Together with recent information gathered in the X-ray, optical and radio bands our observations support the interpretation that the submm-population consists of gas rich (gas to dynamical mass ratio ~0.5) and massive, composite starburst/AGN systems, which are undergoing a major burst of star formation and are evolving into m*-galaxies.
Neri, R., R. Genzel, R. J. Ivison, F. Bertoldi, et al. 2003. "Interferometric Observations of Powerful CO Emission from the three Submillimeter Galaxies at z=2.30, 2.51 and 3.35." The Astrophysical Journal 597(2): 113-L116. 10.1086/379968