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What powers Lyα blobs?


Ao, Y and Matsuda, Y and Beelen, A and Henkel, C and Cen, R and De Breuck, C and Francis, PJ and Kovacs, A and Lagache, G and Lehnert, M and Mao, MY and Menten, KM and Norris, RP and Omont, A and Tatemastu, K and Weiss, A and Zheng, Z, What powers Lyα blobs?, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 581 Article A132. ISSN 0004-6361 (2015) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201424165


Lyα blobs (LABs) are spatially extended Lyα  nebulae seen at high redshift. The origin of Lyα emission in the LABs is still unclear and under debate. To study their heating mechanism(s), we present Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA) observations of the 20 cm radio emission and Herschel PACS and SPIRE measurements of the far-infrared (FIR) emission toward the four LABs in the protocluster J2143-4423 at z = 2.38. Among the four LABs, B6 and B7 are detected in the radio with fluxes of 6717 μJy and 7716 μJy, respectively, and B5  is marginally detected at 3σ (5116 μJy). For all detected sources, their radio positions are consistent with the central positions of the LABs. Among them, B6 and B7 are obviously also detected in the FIR. By fitting the data with different templates, we obtained redshifts of 2.20+0.30-0.35 for B6 and 2.20+0.45-0.30 for B7, which are consistent with the redshift of the Lyα emission within uncertainties, indicating that both FIR sources are likely associated with the LABs. The associated FIR emission in B6 and B7 and high star formation rates strongly favor star formation in galaxies as an important powering source for the Lyα emission in both LABs. However, the other two, B1 and B5, are predominantly driven by the active galactic nuclei or other sources of energy still to be specified, but not mainly by star formation. In general, the LABs are powered by quite diverse sources of energy.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:galaxies: formation, galaxies: high-redshift, galaxies: ISM, galaxies: active, infrared: galaxies
Research Division:Physical Sciences
Research Group:Astronomical sciences
Research Field:Galactic astronomy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences
UTAS Author:Mao, MY (Miss Minnie Mao)
ID Code:105921
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:Mathematics and Physics
Deposited On:2016-01-20
Last Modified:2016-06-01
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