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|Title:||Spectral Energy Distributions of Companion Galaxies to z ∼ 6 Quasars||Authors:||Mazzucchelli, C.
Farina, E. P.
Venemans, B. P.
Strauss, M. A.
Rix, H. -W.
|Issue Date:||2019||Journal:||THE ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL||Number:||881||Issue:||2||First Page:||163||Abstract:||Massive, quiescent galaxies are already observed at redshift z ∼ 4, i.e., ∼1.5 Gyr after the big bang. Current models predict them to be formed via massive, gas-rich mergers at z > 6. Recent ALMA observations of the cool gas and dust in z ≳ 6 quasars have discovered [C II]- and far-infrared-bright galaxies adjacent to several quasars. In this work, we present sensitive imaging and spectroscopic follow-up observations, with HST/WFC3, Spitzer/IRAC, VLT/MUSE, Magellan/FIRE, and LBT/LUCI-MODS, of ALMA-detected, dust-rich companion galaxies of four quasars at z ≳ 6, specifically acquired to probe their stellar content and unobscured star formation rate. Three companion galaxies do not show significant emission in the observed optical/IR wavelength range. The photometric limits suggest that these galaxies are highly dust-enshrouded, with unobscured star formation rates SFR<SUB>UV</SUB> < few M <SUB>☉</SUB> yr<SUP>-1</SUP>, and a stellar content of M <SUB>*</SUB> < 10<SUP>10</SUP> M <SUB>☉</SUB> yr<SUP>-1</SUP>. However, the companion to PJ167-13 shows bright rest-frame UV emission (F140W AB = 25.48). Its spectral energy distribution resembles that of a star-forming galaxy with a total SFR ∼ 50 M <SUB>☉</SUB> yr<SUP>-1</SUP> and M <SUB>*</SUB> ∼ 9 × 10<SUP>9</SUP> M <SUB>☉</SUB>. All the companion sources are consistent with residing on the galaxy main sequence at z ∼ 6. Additional, deeper data from future facilities, such as the James Webb Space Telescope, are needed in order to characterize these gas-rich sources in the first gigayear of cosmic history.||URI:||http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12386/28636||URL:||https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4357/ab2f75||ISSN:||0004-637X||DOI:||10.3847/1538-4357/ab2f75||Bibcode ADS:||2019ApJ...881..163M||Fulltext:||open|
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