The Canada-France high-z Quasar Survey: 1.2 mm observations

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201221006
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TypeArticle
Journal titleAstronomy and Astrophysics
ISSN0004-6361
Volume552
Article numberA43
SubjectGalaxies : active; Galaxies: starbursts; Galaxies:high-redshift; Infrared: galaxies; Submillimeter: galaxies; Stars; Surveys; Galaxies
AbstractWe report 250 GHz (1.2 mm) observations of a sample of 20 quasars at redshifts 5.8 < z < 6.5 from the Canada-France High-z Quasar Survey (CFHQS), using the Max-Planck-Millimeter-Bolometer (MAMBO) array at the 30-metre telescope of the Institut de Radioastronomie Millmétrique (IRAM). An rms sensitivity of ≲0.6 mJy was achieved for 65% of the sample, and of ≲ 1.0 mJy for 90%. Only one quasar, CFHQS J142952+544717, was robustly detected with S250 GHz = 3.46 ± 0.52 mJy. This indicates that one of the most powerful known starbursts at z ∼ 6 is associated with this radio-loud quasar. On average, the other CFHQS quasars, which have a mean optical magnitude fainter than the previously studied samples of z ∼ 6 quasars of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), have a mean 1.2 mm flux density S250 GHz = 0.41 ± 0.14 mJy; this average detection with a signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio of 2.9 is hardly meaningful. It would correspond to LFIR ≈ 0.94 ± 0.32 × 1012 L ·, and an average star formation rate of a few 100 M ·/yr, depending on the stellar initial mass function (IMF) and a possible contribution of an active galactic nucleus (AGN) to LFIR . This is consistent with previous findings of Wang et al. on the far-infrared emission of z ∼ 6 quasars and extends their results toward optically fainter sources. © 2013 ESO.
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AffiliationNational Research Council Canada (NRC-CNRC); NRC Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics (HIA-IHA)
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