Publications by Dimitra Rigopoulou

CO (7-6), [C I] 370 μm, and [N II] 205 μm Line Emission of the QSO BRI1335-0417 at Redshift 4.407

Astrophysical Journal Institute of Physics 864 (2018) 38-

N Lu, T Cao, T Diaz-Santos, Y Zhao, GC Privon, C Cheng, Y Gao, CK Xu, V Charmandaris, D Rigopoulou, PP Van Der Werf, J Huang, Z Wang, AS Evans, DB Sanders

We present the results from our Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) imaging observations of the CO(7-6), [C i] 370 μm (hereafter [C i]), and [N ii] 205 μm (hereafter [N ii]) lines and their underlying continuum emission of BRI 1335-0417, an infrared bright quasar at z = 4.407. At the achieved resolutions of ∼1.″1 to 1.″2 (or 7.5-8.2 kpc), the continuum at 205 and 372 μm (rest frame), the CO(7-6), and the [C i] emissions are at best barely resolved whereas the [N ii] emission is well resolved with a beam-deconvolved major axis of 1.″3(±0.″3) or 9(±2) kpc. As a warm dense gas tracer, the CO(7-6) emission shows a more compact spatial distribution and a significantly higher peak velocity dispersion than the other two lines that probe lower density gas, a picture favoring a merger-Triggered star formation (SF) scenario over an orderly rotating SF disk. The CO(7-6) data also indicate a possible QSO-driven gas outflow that reaches a maximum line-of-sight velocity of 500-600 km s-1. The far-infrared (FIR) dust temperature (Tdust) of 41.5 K from a graybody fit to the continuum agrees well with the average Tdustinferred from various line luminosity ratios. The resulting LCO(7-6)/LFIRluminosity ratio is consistent with that of local luminous infrared galaxies powered predominantly by SF. The LCO(7-6)-inferred SF rate is 5.1(±1.5) × 103Moyr-1. The system has an effective star-forming region of kpc in diameter and a molecular gas reservoir of ∼5 × 1011Mo.

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