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2009AJ....138..858C - Astron. J., 138, 858-872 (2009/September-0)

The redshift search receiver observations of 12CO J = 1 {x2192} 0 in 29 ultraluminous infrared galaxies.


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We present 12 CO J = 1 {x2192} 0 observations of ultraluminous infrared galaxies (ULIRGs) obtained using the Redshift Search Receiver (RSR) on the 14 m telescope of the Five College Radio Astronomy Observatory. The RSR is a novel, dual-beam, dual-polarization receiver equipped with an ultra-wideband spectrometer backend that is being built as a facility receiver for the Large Millimeter Telescope. Our sample consists of 29 ULIRGs in the redshift range of 0.04-0.11, including 10 objects with no prior 12 CO measurements. We have detected 27 systems (a detection rate of 93%), including 9 ULIRGs that are detected in CO for the first time. Our study has increased the number of local ULIRGs with CO measurements by ∼15%. The CO line luminosity L'CO, correlates well with far-infrared luminosity LFIR, following the general trend of other local ULIRGs. However, compared to previous surveys we probe deeper into the low CO luminosity end of the ULIRG population as a single study by including a number of CO faint objects in the sample. As a result, we find (1) a smoother transition between the ULIRG population and local quasi-stellar objects (QSOs) in LFIR-L'CO("star formation efficiency") space, and (2) a broader range of LFIR/L'CO flux ratio (∼ 60-103 L /( pc2)) than previously reported. In our new survey, we also have found a small number of ULIRGs with extreme LFIR/L'CO, which had been known to be rare. The mid-IR color and radio-excess of 56 local ULIRGs as a function of FIR-to-CO flux ratio is examined and compared with those of spirals/starburst galaxies and low-z QSOs. In this paper, using a large sample of local ULIRGs we explore the origin of their current power source and potential evolution to QSOs.

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Journal keyword(s): galaxies: evolution - galaxies: starburst - ISM: molecules

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