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Title: Molecular gas properties of Q1700-MD94: a massive, main-sequence galaxy at z ≈ 2 = Propiedades del gas molecular de Q1700-MD94: Una galaxia masiva y de sequencia principal a z ≈ 2
Other Titles: Propiedades del gas molecular de Q1700-MD94: Una galaxia masiva y de sequencia principal a z ≈ 2.
Authors: Herrera-Camus, Rodrigo, supervisor de grado
Henríquez Brocal, Katherine
Keywords: Estrellas Supergigantes -- Formación;Líneas Espectrales
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Universidad de Concepción, Facultad de Ciencias Físicas y Matemáticas, Departamento de Astronomía.
Abstract: We use a combination of new NOrthern Extended Millimeter Array (NOEMA) observations of the pair of [CI] transitions, the CO(7-6) line, and the dust continuum, in addition to ancillary CO(1-0) and CO(3-2) data, to study the molecular gas properties of Q1700-MD94, a massive, main-sequence galaxy at z ≈ 2. We find that for a reasonable set of assumptions for a typical massive star-forming galaxy, the CO(1-0), the [CI](1-0) and the dust continuum yield molecular gas masses that are consistent within a factor of ∼ 2. The global excitation properties of the molecular gas as traced by the [CI] and CO transitions are similar to those observed in other massive, star-forming galaxies at z ∼ 2. Our large velocity gradient (LVG) modeling using RADEX of the CO and [CI] spectral line energy distributions (SLEDs) suggests the presence of low-excitation (Tkin = 34 K, nH2 = 3.1 × 103 cm−3 ) and high-excitation (Tkin = 137 K, nH2 = 1.6 × 104 cm−3 ) molecular gas components. While the former is re sponsible for the bulk of the [CI](1-0) and [CI](2-1) line emission, the later dominates the CO line emission at J & 4. The galaxy size in the CO(1-0) and CO(7-6) line emission are comparable, which suggests that the highly-excited molecular gas is distributed throughout the disk powered by intense star formation activity. To confirm this scenario will require spatially resolved observations of the CO and [CI] lines which can now be obtained with NOEMA upgraded capabilities.
Description: Tesis para optar al grado académico de Magíster en Astronomía.
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