Rapidly growing black holes and host galaxies in the distant Universe from the Herschel Radio Galaxy Evolution Project

G. Drouart, C. De Breuck, J. Vernet, N. Seymour, M. Lehnert, P. Barthel, F. E. Bauer, E. Ibar, A. Galametz, M. Haas, N. Hatch, J. R. Mullaney, N. Nesvadba, B. Rocca-Volmerange, H. J. A. Röttgering, D. Stern, D. Wylezalek

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We present results from a comprehensive survey of 70 radio galaxies at redshifts 1 2.5 are higher than the sSFR of typical star forming galaxies over the same redshift range, but are similar or perhaps lower than the galaxy population for radio galaxies at z<2.5. By comparing the sSFR and the specific ṀBH (sṀBH), we conclude that black holes in radio loud AGN are already, or soon will be, overly massive compared to their host galaxies in terms of expectations from the local MBH-MGal relation. In order to catch up with the black hole, the galaxies require about an order of magnitude more time to grow in mass at the observed SFRs compared to the time the black hole is actively accreting. However, during the current cycle of activity, we argue that this catching up is likely to be difficult because of the short gas depletion times. Finally, we speculate on how the host galaxies might grow sufficiently in stellar mass to ultimately fall onto the local MBH-MGal relation. Herschel is an ESA space observatory with science instruments provided by European-led Principal Investigator consortia and with important participation from NASA.Tables 2-4, 6 and Appendices are available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org
Original languageEnglish
Article numberA53
Number of pages36
JournalAstronomy & astrophysics
Publication statusPublished - 1-Jun-2014


  • galaxies: active
  • quasars: general
  • galaxies: high-redshift
  • galaxies: evolution
  • quasars: supermassive black holes
  • infrared: galaxies

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