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The ALMA Spectroscopic Survey in the HUDF : nature and physical properties of gas-mass selected galaxies using MUSE spectroscopy.

Boogaard, Leindert A. and Decarli, Roberto and González-López, Jorge and van der Werf, Paul and Walter, Fabian and Bouwens, Rychard and Aravena, Manuel and Carilli, Chris and Bauer, Franz Erik and Brinchmann, Jarle and Contini, Thierry and Cox, Pierre and da Cunha, Elisabete and Daddi, Emanuele and Díaz-Santos, Tanio and Hodge, Jacqueline and Inami, Hanae and Ivison, Rob and Maseda, Michael and Matthee, Jorryt and Oesch, Pascal and Popping, Gergö and Riechers, Dominik and Schaye, Joop and Schouws, Sander and Smail, Ian and Weiss, Axel and Wisotzki, Lutz and Bacon, Roland and Cortes, Paulo C. and Rix, Hans-Walter and Somerville, Rachel S. and Swinbank, Mark and Wagg, Jeff (2019) 'The ALMA Spectroscopic Survey in the HUDF : nature and physical properties of gas-mass selected galaxies using MUSE spectroscopy.', Astrophysical journal., 882 (2). p. 140.


We discuss the nature and physical properties of gas-mass selected galaxies in the ALMA spectroscopic survey (ASPECS) of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF). We capitalize on the deep optical integral-field spectroscopy from the Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) HUDF Survey and multiwavelength data to uniquely associate all 16 line emitters, detected in the ALMA data without preselection, with rotational transitions of carbon monoxide (CO). We identify 10 as CO(2–1) at 1 < z < 2, 5 as CO(3–2) at 2 < z < 3, and 1 as CO(4–3) at z = 3.6. Using the MUSE data as a prior, we identify two additional CO(2–1) emitters, increasing the total sample size to 18. We infer metallicities consistent with (super-)solar for the CO-detected galaxies at z „ 1.5, motivating our choice of a Galactic conversion factor between CO luminosity and molecular gas mass for these galaxies. Using deep Chandra imaging of the HUDF, we determine an X-ray AGN fraction of 20% and 60% among the CO emitters at z ∼ 1.4 and z ∼ 2.6, respectively. Being a CO-flux-limited survey, ASPECS-LP detects molecular gas in galaxies on, above, and below the main sequence (MS) at z ∼ 1.4. For stellar masses …1010 (1010.5) M, we detect about 40% (50%) of all galaxies in the HUDF at 1 < z < 2 (2 < z < 3). The combination of ALMA and MUSE integral-field spectroscopy thus enables an unprecedented view of MS galaxies during the peak of galaxy formation.

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Publisher statement:© 2019. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
Date accepted:12 April 2019
Date deposited:08 October 2019
Date of first online publication:11 September 2019
Date first made open access:08 October 2019

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