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A detailed study of gas and star formation in a highly magnified Lyman Break galaxy at z = 3.07.

Coppin, K.E.K. and Swinbank, A.M. and Neri, R. and Cox, P. and Smail, I. and Ellis, R.S. and Geach, J.E. and Siana, B. and Teplitz, H. and Dye, S. and Kneib, J.-P. and Edge, A.C. and Richard, J. (2007) 'A detailed study of gas and star formation in a highly magnified Lyman Break galaxy at z = 3.07.', Astrophysical journal., 665 (2). pp. 936-943.


We report the detection of CO(3-2) emission from a bright, gravitationally lensed Lyman Break galaxy, LBG J213512.73-010143 (the "Cosmic Eye"), at z = 3.07, using the Plateau de Bure Interferometer. This is only the second detection of molecular gas emission from an LBG and yields an intrinsic molecular gas mass of (2.4 ± 0.4) × 109 M☉. The lens reconstruction of the UV morphology of the LBG indicates that it comprises two components separated by ~2 kpc. The CO emission is unresolved, θ 3'', and appears to be centered on the intrinsically fainter (and also less highly magnified) of the two UV components. The width of the CO line indicates a dynamical mass of (8 ± 2) × 109csc2 i M☉ within the central 2 kpc. Employing mid-infrared observations from Spitzer, we infer a stellar mass of M* ~ (6 ± 2) × 109 M☉ and a star formation rate of ~60 M☉ yr-1, indicating that the molecular gas will be consumed in 40 Myr. The gas fractions, star formation efficiencies, and line widths suggests that LBG J213512 is a high-redshift, gas-rich analog of a local luminous infrared galaxy. This galaxy has a similar gas-to-dynamical mass fraction as observed in the submillimeter-selected population, although the gas surface density and star formation efficiency is a factor of 3 times less, suggesting less vigorous activity. We discuss the uncertainties in our conclusions arising from adopting a CO-to-H2 conversion factor appropriate for either the Milky Way or local luminous infrared galaxies. These observations demonstrate that current facilities, when aided by fortuitous gravitational magnification, can study "ordinary" galaxies at high redshift and so act as pathfinders for ALMA.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Cosmology, Observations, Evolution, Formation, Individual (LBG J213512.73–010143), Kinematics and dynamics, Starburst.
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Publisher statement:© 2007. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved. Printed in the U.S.A.
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Date deposited:04 September 2013
Date of first online publication:August 2007
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