Gravitational lensing reveals extreme dust-obscured star formation in quasar host galaxies

H. R. Stacey*, J. P. McKean, N. C. Robertson, R. J. Ivison, K. G. Isaak, D. R. G. Schleicher, P. P. van der Werf, W. A. Baan, A. Berciano Alba, M. A. Garrett, A. F. Loenen

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Abstract

We have observed 104 gravitationally lensed quasars at z similar to 1-4 with Herschel/SPIRE, the largest such sample ever studied. By targeting gravitational lenses, we probe intrinsic farinfrared (FIR) luminosities and star formation rates (SFRs) more typical of the population than the extremely luminous sources that are otherwise accessible. We detect 72 objects with Herschel/SPIRE and find 66 per cent (69 sources) of the sample have spectral energy distributions (SEDs) characteristic of dust emission. For 53 objects with sufficiently constrained SEDs, we find a median effective dust temperature of 38(-5)(+12) K. By applying the radioinfrared correlation, we find no evidence for an FIR excess that is consistent with starformation- heated dust. We derive a median magnification-corrected FIR luminosity of 3.6(-2.4)(+4.8) x 10(11) L circle dot and median SFR of 120(-80)(+160) M circle dot yr(-1) for 94 quasars with redshifts. We find similar to 10 per cent of our sample have FIR properties similar to typical dusty star-forming galaxies at z similar to 2-3 and a range of SFRs

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5075-5114
Number of pages40
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume476
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun-2018

Keywords

  • gravitational lensing: strong
  • galaxies: evolution
  • quasars: general
  • galaxies: star formation
  • infrared: galaxies
  • submillimetre: galaxies
  • DIGITAL SKY SURVEY
  • SPECTRAL ENERGY-DISTRIBUTION
  • ABSORPTION-LINE QUASAR
  • RADIO-QUIET QUASARS
  • NRAO PMN SURVEYS
  • 5 GHZ SURVEY
  • ACTIVE GALACTIC NUCLEI
  • HIGH-REDSHIFT QUASARS
  • DENSE MOLECULAR GAS
  • MM MAMBO/IRAM-30 M

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