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2012ApJ...751L..24W - Astrophys. J., 751, L24 (2012/June-1)

A deep search for CO J = 2-1 emission from a Lyα blob at z ∼ 6.595.


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We have used the Green Bank Telescope to carry out a deep search for redshifted CO J = 2-1 line emission from an extended (>17 kpc) Lyα blob (LAB), "Himiko," at z ∼ 6.595. Our non-detection of CO J = 2-1 emission places the strong 3σ upper limit of L'CO< 1.8x1010x(ΔV/250)1/2 K km/s.pc2 on the CO line luminosity. This is comparable to the best current limits on the CO line luminosity in LABs at z ∼ 3 and lower-luminosity Lyα emitters at z ≳ 6.5. High-z LABs appear to have lower CO line luminosities than the host galaxies of luminous quasars and submillimeter galaxies at similar redshifts, despite their high stellar mass. Although the CO-to-H2 conversion factor is uncertain for galaxies in the early universe, we assume XCO= 0.8 M(K km/s.pc2)–1 to obtain the limit M(H2) <1.4x1010 M on Himiko's molecular gas mass; this is a factor of ≳ 2.5 lower than the stellar mass in the z ∼ 6.595 LAB.

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Journal keyword(s): galaxies: high-redshift - galaxies: ISM

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