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KASHz : no evidence for ionised outflows instantaneously suppressing star formation in moderate luminosity AGN at z∼1.4–2.6.

Scholtz, J. and Harrison, C. M. and Rosario, D. J. and Alexander, D. M. and Chen, C-C. and Kakkad, D. and Mainieri, V. and Tiley, A. L. and Turner, O. and Cirasuolo, M. and Sharples, R. M. and Stach, S. (2020) 'KASHz : no evidence for ionised outflows instantaneously suppressing star formation in moderate luminosity AGN at z∼1.4–2.6.', Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society., 492 (3). pp. 3194-3216.


As part of our KMOS AGN Survey at High-redshift (KASHz), we present spatially-resolved VLT/KMOS and VLT/SINFONI spectroscopic data and ALMA 870μm continuum imaging of eight z=1.4–2.6 moderate AGN (⁠L 2−10kev L2−10kev = 1042 − 1045 ergs s−1). We map [O iii], Hα and rest-frame FIR emission to search for any spatial anti-correlation between ionised outflows (traced by the [O iii] line) and star formation (SF; traced by Hα and FIR), that has previously been claimed for some high-z AGN and used as evidence for negative and/or positive AGN feedback. Firstly, we conclude that Hα is unreliable to map SF inside our AGN host galaxies based on: (i) SF rates inferred from attenuation-corrected Hα can lie below those inferred from FIR; (ii) the FIR continuum is more compact than the Hα emission by a factor of ∼2 on average; (iii) in half of our sample, we observe significant spatial offsets between the FIR and Hα emission, with an average offset of 1.4 ± 0.6 kpc. Secondly, for the five targets with outflows we find no evidence for a spatial anti-correlation between outflows and SF using either Hα or FIR as a tracer. This holds for our re-analysis of a famous z=1.6 X-ray AGN (‘XID 2028’) where positive and negative feedback has been previously claimed. Based on our results, any impact on SF by ionised outflows must be subtle, either occurring on scales below our resolution, or on long timescales.

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Publisher statement:This article has been accepted for publication in the Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©: 2020 The Author(s). Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
Date accepted:19 December 2019
Date deposited:14 January 2020
Date of first online publication:10 January 2020
Date first made open access:14 January 2020

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