Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 353, 377-390 (2004/September-2)
Dust and star formation in distant radio galaxies.
REULAND M., ROETTGERING H., VAN BREUGEL W. and DE BREUCK C.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present the results of an observing programme with the Submillimetre Common User Bolometer Array (SCUBA) to measure the submillimetre (submm) dust continuum emission of 24 distant (z > 1) radio galaxies. We detected submm emission in 12 galaxies with signal-to-noise > 3, including nine detections at z > 3. When added to previous published results these data almost triple the number of radio galaxies with z > 3 detected in the submm and yield a sample of 69 observed radio galaxies over the redshift range z= 1-5. We find that the range in rest-frame far-infrared luminosities is about a factor of 10. We have investigated the origin of this dispersion, correlating the luminosities with radio source power, size, spectral index, K-band magnitude and Lyα luminosity. No strong correlations are apparent in the combined data set. We confirm and strengthen the result from previous submm observations of radio galaxies that the detection rate is a strong function of redshift. We compare the redshift dependence of the submm properties of radio galaxies with those of quasars and find that for both classes of objects the observed submm flux density increases with redshift to z~ 4, beyond which, for the galaxies, we find tentative evidence for a decline. We find evidence for an anticorrelation between submm luminosity and ultraviolet polarization fraction, for a subsample of 13 radio galaxies, indicating that starbursts are the dominant source of heating for dust in radio galaxies.
galaxies: active - galaxies: formation - galaxies: high-redshift - radio continuum: galaxies - submillimetre
6C 1908+722 is 6C 1909+7215 in Simbad, MG2141+192 is 4C 19.71 = MITG J2144+1928
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