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V. ALMA reveals the assembly of a giant galaxy around a z = 4.4 hyper-luminous QSO

M. Bischetti, E. Piconcelli, C. Fergulio, F. Duras, A. Bongiorno, S. Carniani, A Marconi, C. Pappalardo, R. Schneider, A. Travascio, R. Valiante, G. Vietri, L. Zappacosta, F Fiore

We present an ALMA high-resolution (0.18″ × 0.21″) observation of the 840 μm continuum and [CII] λ157.74 μm line emission in the WISE-SDSS selected hyper-luminous (WISSH) quasi-stellar object (QSO) J1015+0020, at z∼4.4. Our analysis reveals an exceptional overdensity of [CII]-emitting companions with a very small (<150 km s−1) velocity shift with respect to the QSO redshift. We report the discovery of the closest companion observed so far in submillimetre observations of high-z QSOs. It is only 2.2 kpc distant and merging with J1015+0020, while two other [CII] emitters are found at 8 and 17 kpc. Two strong continuum emitters are also detected at <3.5 arcsec from the QSO. They are likely associated with the same overdense structure of J1015+0020, as they exceed by a factor of 100 the number of expected sources, considering the log(N)–log(S) at 850 μm. The host galaxy of J1015+0020 shows a star formation rate (SFR) of about 100 M yr−1, while the total SFR of the QSO and its companion galaxies is a factor of ∼10 higher, indicating that substantial stellar mass assembly at early epochs may have taken place in the QSO satellites. For J1015+0020 we computed a black hole mass MBH ∼ 6×109 M. As we resolve the [CII] emission of the QSO, we can compute a dynamical mass of Mdyn ∼ 4×1010 M. This translates into an extreme ratio Mdyn/MBH∼7, i.e. two orders of magnitude smaller than what is typically observed in local galaxies. The total stellar mass of the QSO host galaxy plus the [CII] emitters in the ALMA field of view already exceeds 1011 M at z∼4.4. These sources will likely merge and develop into a giant galaxy of ∼1.3×1012 M. Under the assumption of constant Ṁacc or λEdd equal to the observed values, we find that the growth timescale of the host galaxy of J1015+0020 is comparable or even shorter than that inferred for the SMBH.

quasars: individual: SDSSJ101549.00+002020.03, galaxies: high-redshift, galaxies: star formation, quasars: supermassive black holes, quasars: emission lines

Based on data from ALMA cycle 4 program 2016.1.00718.S.

Astronomy and Astrophysics
Volume 617, Article Number A82, Number of pages 12
2018 September

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Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia