Astrophys. J., 704, 1506-1518 (2009/October-3)
Paschen-α emission in the gravitationally lensed galaxy SMM J163554.2+661225.
PAPOVICH C., RUDNICK G., RIGBY J.R., WILLMER C.N.A., SMITH J.-D.T., FINKELSTEIN S.L., EGAMI E. and RIEKE M.
Abstract (from CDS):
We report the detection of the Paα emission line in the z = 2.515 galaxy SMM J163554.2+661225 using Spitzer spectroscopy. SMM J163554.2+661225 is a submillimeter-selected infrared-luminous galaxy maintaining a high star formation rate (SFR), with no evidence of an active galactic nucleus from optical or infrared spectroscopy, nor X-ray emission. This galaxy is lensed gravitationally by the cluster Abell 2218, making it accessible to Spitzer spectroscopy. We measure a line luminosity, L(Paα) = (2.05±0.33) x1042 erg/s, corrected for gravitational lensing. Comparing the Hα and Paα luminosities, we derive a nebular extinction, A(V) = 3.6 ± 0.4 mag. The dust-corrected luminosity, L(Paα) = (2.57±0.43)x1042 erg/s, corresponds to an ionization rate, Q0= (1.6±0.3)x1055 γ/s. The instantaneous SFR is ψ = 171±28 M☉/yr, assuming a Salpeter-like initial mass function from 0.1 to 100 M☉/yr. The total IR luminosity derived using 70, 450, and 850 µm data is LIR = (5-10)x1011 L☉, corrected for gravitational lensing. This corresponds to ψ = 90-180 M☉/yr, where the upper range is consistent with that derived from the Paα luminosity. While the L(8 µm)/L(Paα) ratio is consistent with the extrapolated relation observed in local galaxies and star-forming regions, the rest-frame 24 µm luminosity is significantly lower with respect to local galaxies of comparable Paα luminosity. Thus, SMM J163554.2+661225 arguably lacks a warmer dust component (TD∼ 70 K), which is associated with deeply embedded star formation, and which contrasts with local galaxies with comparable SFRs. Rather, the starburst in SMM J163554.2+661225 is consistent with star-forming local galaxies with intrinsic luminosities, LIR~ 1010 L☉, but "scaled up" by a factor of ∼10-100.
infrared: galaxies - galaxies: formation - galaxies: high-redshift - galaxies: individual: SMM J163554.2+661225 - galaxies: starburst
erratum vol. 742, art.133 (2011)
View the reference in ADS
To bookmark this query, right click on this link: simbad:2009ApJ...704.1506P and select 'bookmark this link' or equivalent in the popup menu