Astrophys. J., 568, L75-L79 (2002/April-1)
A redshift z=6.56 galaxy behind the cluster Abell 370.
HU E.M., COWIE L.L., McMAHON R.G., CAPAK P., IWAMURO F., KNEIB J.-P., MAIHARA T. and MOTOHARA K.
Abstract (from CDS):
We report the discovery of a redshift z=6.56 galaxy lying behind the cluster Abell 370. The object HCM 6A was found in a narrowband imaging survey using a 118 Å bandpass filter centered at 9152 Å in the Low-Resolution Imaging Spectrograph (LRIS) camera on the 10 m Keck II telescope. Candidate Lyα emitters were identified by the equivalent width of the emission and the absence of lower wavelength flux in ultradeep broadband images. HCM 6A is the first galaxy to be confirmed at redshift z>6 and has Wλ(observed)= 190 Å, flux=2.7x10–17 ergs.cm–2.s–1. Spectra obtained with LRIS confirm the emission line and the continuum break across the line and show an asymmetric line profile with steep falloff on the blue side. Deep Subaru near-infrared Cooled Infrared Spectrograph and Camera for OHS images in J, H, and K' that extend the sampled continuum to longer wavelengths give a consistent estimate of the continuum flux density in these line-free regions of 2.6±0.7x10–30 ergs.cm–2.s–1.Hz–1. The line width and strength, asymmetric profile, and very deep spectral break are only consistent with the interpretation of the line as a redshifted Lyα feature. From the detailed lensing model of this cluster, we estimate a lensing amplification of 4.5 for this galaxy, which is located slightly over an arcminute from the center of the cluster, for an unlensed flux of 6.5x10–18 ergs.cm–2.s–1. The presence of such a galaxy suggests that the reionizing epoch is beyond z=6.6.
Cosmology: Observations - Cosmology: Early Universe - Galaxies: Distances and Redshifts - Galaxies: Evolution - Galaxies: Formation
[HCM2002] 6A N=1 = NAME HCM 6A.
erratum vol. 576, p. L99 (2002)
Status at CDS:
Object BO 39 in fig.1 is BOW ACO 370 CC039
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