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NOEMA redshift measurements of bright Herschel galaxies

R. Neri, P. Cox, A. Omont, A. Beelen, S. Berta, T. Bakx, M. D. Lehnert, A. J. Baker, V. Buat, A. Cooray, H. Dannerbauer, L. Dunne, S. Dye, S. Eales, R. Gavazzi, A. I. Harris, C. N. Herrera, D. H. Hughes, R. J. Ivison, S. Jin, M. Krips, G. Lagache, L. Marchetti, H. Messias, M. Negrello, I. Perez-Fournon, D. A. Riechers, S. Serjeant, J. S. Urquhart, C. Vlahakis, A. Weiß, P. van der Werf, C. Yang, A. J. Young

Using the IRAM NOrthern Extended Millimeter Array (NOEMA), we conducted a program to measure redshifts for 13 bright galaxies detected in the Herschel Astrophysical Large Area Survey with S500 μm ≥ 80 mJy. We report reliable spectroscopic redshifts for 12 individual sources, which are derived from scans of the 3 and 2 mm bands, covering up to 31 GHz in each band, and are based on the detection of at least two emission lines. The spectroscopic redshifts are in the range 2.08 <  z <  4.05 with a median value of z = 2.9 ± 0.6. The sources are unresolved or barely resolved on scales of 10 kpc. In one field, two galaxies with different redshifts were detected. In two cases the sources are found to be binary galaxies with projected distances of ∼140 kpc. The linewidths of the sources are large, with a mean value for the full width at half maximum of 700 ± 300 km s−1 and a median of 800 km s−1. We analyze the nature of the sources with currently available ancillary data to determine if they are lensed or hyper-luminous (LFIR >  1013 L) galaxies. We also present a reanalysis of the spectral energy distributions including the continuum flux densities measured at 3 and 2 mm to derive the overall properties of the sources. Future prospects based on these efficient measurements of redshifts of high-z galaxies using NOEMA are outlined, including a comprehensive survey of all the brightest Herschel galaxies.

galaxies: high-redshift; galaxies: ISM; gravitational lensing: strong; submillimeter: galaxies; radio lines: ISM; Astrophysics - Astrophysics of Galaxies

The reduced datacubes and the extracted spectra are only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to ( or via

Astronomy & Astrophysics
Volume 635, Article Number A7, Number of pages 17
2020 March

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