Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 397, 265-280 (2009/July-3)
The evolution of star formation in quasar host galaxies.
SERJEANT S. and HATZIMINAOGLOU E.
Abstract (from CDS):
We have used far-infrared data from IRAS, Infrared Space Observatory (ISO), Spitzer Wide-Area Infrared Extragalactic (SWIRE), Submillimetre Common User Bolometer Array (SCUBA) and Max-Planck Millimetre Bolometer (MAMBO) to constrain statistically the mean far-infrared luminosities of quasars. Our quasar compilation at redshifts 0 < z < 6.5 and I-band luminosities -20 < IAB< -32 is the first to distinguish evolution from quasar luminosity dependence in such a study. We carefully cross-calibrate IRAS against Spitzer and ISO, finding evidence that IRAS 100-µm fluxes at <1Jy are overestimated by ∼30 per cent. We find evidence for a correlation between star formation in quasar hosts and the quasar optical luminosities, varying as star formation rate (SFR) ∝ L0.44±0.07opt at any fixed redshift below z = 2. We also find evidence for evolution of the mean SFR in quasar host galaxies, scaling as (1 + z)1.6±0.3 at z < 2 for any fixed quasar I-band absolute magnitude fainter than -28. We find no evidence for any correlation between SFR and black hole mass at 0.5 < z < 4. Our data are consistent with feedback from black hole accretion regulating stellar mass assembly at all redshifts.