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A bright z = 5.2 lensed submillimeter galaxy in the field of Abell 773 : HLSJ091828.6+514223

Combes, F.; Rex, M.; Rawle, T.D.; Egami, E.; Boone, F.; Smail, I.; Richard, J.; Ivison, R.J.; Gurwell, M.; Casey, CM.; Omont, A.; Berciano Alba, A.; Dessauges-Zavadsky, M.; Edge, A.C.; Fazio, G.G.; Kneib, J.-P.; Okabe, N.; Pelló, R.; Pérez-González, P.G.; Schaerer, D.; Smith, G.P.; Swinbank, A.M.; van der Werf, P.

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F. Combes

M. Rex

T.D. Rawle

E. Egami

F. Boone

J. Richard

R.J. Ivison

M. Gurwell

CM. Casey

A. Omont

A. Berciano Alba

M. Dessauges-Zavadsky

G.G. Fazio

J.-P. Kneib

N. Okabe

R. Pelló

P.G. Pérez-González

D. Schaerer

G.P. Smith

A.M. Swinbank

P. van der Werf


During our Herschel Lensing Survey (HLS) of massive galaxy clusters, we have discovered an exceptionally bright source behind the z = 0.22 cluster Abell 773, which appears to be a strongly lensed submillimeter galaxy (SMG) at z = 5.2429. This source is unusual compared to most other lensed sources discovered by Herschel so far, because of its higher submm flux (~200 mJy at 500 μm) and its high redshift. The dominant lens is a foreground z = 0.63 galaxy, not the cluster itself. The source has a far-infrared (FIR) luminosity of LFIR = 1.1 × 1014/μ L⊙, where μ is the magnification factor, likely ~11. We report here the redshift identification through CO lines with the IRAM-30 m, and the analysis of the gas excitation, based on CO(7–6), CO(6–5), CO(5–4) detected at IRAM and the CO(2–1) at the EVLA. All lines decompose into a wide and strong red component, and a narrower and weaker blue component, 540 km s-1 apart. Assuming the ultraluminous galaxy (ULIRG) CO-to-H2 conversion ratio, the H2  mass is 5.8 × 1011/μ M⊙, of which one third is in a cool component. From the C I(3P2-3P1) line we derive a C I/H2  number abundance of 6 × 10-5 similar to that in other ULIRGs. The H2Op(2,0,2−1,1,1) line is strong only in the red velocity component, with an intensity ratio I(H2O)/I(CO) ~ 0.5, suggesting a strong local FIR radiation field, possibly from an active nucleus (AGN) component. We detect the [NII]205 μm line for the first time at high-z. It shows comparable blue and red components, with a strikingly broad blue one, suggesting strong ionized gas flows.


Combes, F., Rex, M., Rawle, T., Egami, E., Boone, F., Smail, I., …van der Werf, P. (2012). A bright z = 5.2 lensed submillimeter galaxy in the field of Abell 773 : HLSJ091828.6+514223. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 538, Article L4.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 1, 2012
Deposit Date Apr 8, 2013
Publicly Available Date Jun 14, 2013
Journal Astronomy and astrophysics.
Print ISSN 0004-6361
Electronic ISSN 1432-0746
Publisher EDP Sciences
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 538
Article Number L4
Keywords Galaxies, Evolution, High-redshift, ISM, infrared, Submillimeter, HLSJ091828.6+514223.


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