Copious Amounts of Dust and Gas in a z = 7.5 Quasar Host Galaxy

Bram P. Venemans, Fabian Walter, Roberto Decarli, Eduardo Bañados, Chris Carilli, Jan Martin Winters, Karl Schuster, Elisabete Da Cunha, Xiaohui Fan, Emanuele Paolo Farina, Chiara Mazzucchelli, Hans Walter Rix, Axel Weiss

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We present IRAM/NOEMA and JVLA observations of the quasar J1342+0928 at z = 7.54 and report detections of copious amounts of dust and [C ii] emission in the interstellar medium (ISM) of its host galaxy. At this redshift, the age of the universe is 690 Myr, about 10% younger than the redshift of the previous quasar record holder. Yet, the ISM of this new quasar host galaxy is significantly enriched by metals, as evidenced by the detection of the [C ii] 158 μm cooling line and the underlying far-infrared (FIR) dust continuum emission. To the first order, the FIR properties of this quasar host are similar to those found at a slightly lower redshift (), making this source by far the FIR-brightest galaxy known at . The [C ii] emission is spatially unresolved, with an upper limit on the diameter of 7 kpc. Together with the measured FWHM of the [C ii] line, this yields a dynamical mass of the host of . Using standard assumptions about the dust temperature and emissivity, the NOEMA measurements give a dust mass of . The brightness of the [C ii] luminosity, together with the high dust mass, imply active ongoing star formation in the quasar host. Using [C ii]-SFR scaling relations, we derive star formation rates of 85-545 yr-1 in the host, consistent with the values derived from the dust continuum. Indeed, an episode of such past high star formation is needed to explain the presence of ∼108 M of dust implied by the observations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberL8
JournalAstrophysical Journal Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 10 2017


  • cosmology: observations
  • galaxies: ISM
  • galaxies: active
  • galaxies: high-redshift

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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