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ALMACAL – III. A combined ALMA and MUSE survey for neutral, molecular, and ionized gas in an H i-absorption-selected system

Klitsch, A.; Péroux, C.; Zwaan, M.A.; Smail, I.; Oteo, I.; Biggs, A.D.; Popping, G.; Swinbank, A.M.

ALMACAL – III. A combined ALMA and MUSE survey for neutral, molecular, and ionized gas in an H i-absorption-selected system Thumbnail


Authors

A. Klitsch

C. Péroux

M.A. Zwaan

I. Oteo

A.D. Biggs

G. Popping



Abstract

Studying the flow of baryons into and out of galaxies is an important part of understanding the evolution of galaxies over time. We present a detailed case study of the environment around an intervening Ly α absorption line system at zabs = 0.633, seen towards the quasar J0423−0130 (zQSO = 0.915). We detect with ALMA the 12CO(2–1), 12CO(3–2), and 1.2 mm continuum emission from a galaxy at the redshift of the Ly α absorber at a projected distance of 135 kpc. From the ALMA detections, we infer interstellar medium conditions similar to those in low-redshift luminous infrared galaxies. Director's Discretionary Time (DDT) Multi-Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) integral field unit observations reveal the optical counterpart of the 12CO emission line source and three additional emission line galaxies at the absorber redshift, which together form a galaxy group. The 12CO emission line detections originate from the most massive galaxy in this group. While we cannot exclude that we miss a fainter host, we reach a dust-uncorrected star formation rate (SFR) limit of >0.3 M⊙yr−1 within 100 kpc from the sightline to the background quasar. We measure the dust-corrected SFR (ranging from 3 to 50 M⊙ yr−1), the morpho-kinematics and the metallicities of the four group galaxies to understand the relation between the group and the neutral gas probed in absorption. We find that the Ly α absorber traces either an outflow from the most massive galaxy or intragroup gas. This case study illustrates the power of combining ALMA and MUSE to obtain a census of the cool baryons in a bounded structure at intermediate redshift.

Citation

Klitsch, A., Péroux, C., Zwaan, M., Smail, I., Oteo, I., Biggs, A., …Swinbank, A. (2018). ALMACAL – III. A combined ALMA and MUSE survey for neutral, molecular, and ionized gas in an H i-absorption-selected system. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 475(1), 492-507. https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stx3184

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 27, 2017
Online Publication Date Dec 9, 2017
Publication Date Mar 21, 2018
Deposit Date Feb 16, 2018
Publicly Available Date Feb 16, 2018
Journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Print ISSN 0035-8711
Electronic ISSN 1365-2966
Publisher Royal Astronomical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 475
Issue 1
Pages 492-507
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stx3184

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This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©: 2017 The Author(s) Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.






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