Hidden in Plain Sight: A Massive, Dusty Starburst in a Galaxy Protocluster at z = 5.7 in the COSMOS Field

Pavesi, Riccardo and Riechers, Dominik A. and Sharon, Chelsea E. and Smolčić, Vernesa and Faisst, A. L. and Schinnerer, Eva and Carilli, Christopher L. and Capak, Peter L. and Scoville, Nick and Stacey, Gordon J. (2018) Hidden in Plain Sight: A Massive, Dusty Starburst in a Galaxy Protocluster at z = 5.7 in the COSMOS Field. Astrophysical Journal, 861. pp. 43-16. ISSN 0004-637X

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We report the serendipitous discovery of a dusty, starbursting galaxy at z = 5.667 (hereafter called CRLE) in close physical association with the "normal" main-sequence galaxy HZ10 at z = 5.654. CRLE was identified by detection of [C ii], [N ii], and CO(2–1) line emission, making it the highest-redshift, most luminous starburst in the COSMOS field. This massive, dusty galaxy appears to be forming stars at a rate of at least 1500 M ⊙ yr−1 in a compact region only ~3 kpc in diameter. The dynamical and dust emission properties of CRLE suggest an ongoing merger driving the starburst, which is in a potentially intermediate stage relative to other known dusty galaxies at the same epoch. The ratio of [C ii] to [N ii] may suggest that an important (~15%) contribution to the [C ii] emission comes from a diffuse ionized gas component, which could be more extended than the dense, starbursting gas. CRLE appears to be located in a significant galaxy overdensity at the same redshift, potentially associated with a large-scale cosmic structure recently identified in a Lyman α-emitter survey. This overdensity suggests that CRLE and HZ10 reside in a protocluster environment, offering the tantalizing opportunity to study the effect of a massive starburst on protocluster star formation. Our findings support the interpretation that a significant fraction of the earliest galaxy formation may occur from the inside out, within the central regions of the most massive halos, while rapidly evolving into the massive galaxy clusters observed in the local universe.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: cosmology: observations, galaxies: formation, galaxies: high-redshift, galaxies: ISM, galaxies: starburst, radio lines: galaxies
Date: 2018
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Physics > Astronomy and Astrophysics
Additional Information: © 2018. The American Astronomical Society. Received 2018 March 21; Accepted 2018 May 19; Published 2018 June 29.
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Physics
Publisher: IOP Publishing
Depositing User: Vernesa Smolčić
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2019 16:20
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2019 21:22
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/5897

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