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ALMA Reveals Metals yet No Dust within Multiple Components in CR7

J. Matthee
D. Sobral
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H. Röttgering
M. Girard
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A. Pallottini
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L. Vallini
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A. Ferrara
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B. Darvish
B. Mobasher
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We present spectroscopic follow-up observations of CR7 with ALMA, targeted at constraining the infrared (IR) continuum and [C II]{}158μ {{m}} line-emission at high spatial resolution matched to the HST/WFC3 imaging. CR7 is a luminous Lyα emitting galaxy at z = 6.6 that consists of three separated UV-continuum components. Our observations reveal several well-separated components of [C II] emission. The two most luminous components in [C II] coincide with the brightest UV components (A and B), blueshifted by ≈ 150 km s-1 with respect to the peak of Lyα emission. Other [C II] components are observed close to UV clumps B and C and are blueshifted by ≈ 300 and ≈80 km s-1 with respect to the systemic redshift. We do not detect FIR continuum emission due to dust with a 3σ limiting luminosity {L}{IR}({T}d=35 {{K}})< 3.1× {10}10 {L}. This allows us to mitigate uncertainties in the dust-corrected SFR and derive SFRs for the three UV clumps A, B, and C of 28, 5, and 7 {M} yr-1. All clumps have [C II] luminosities consistent within the scatter observed in the local relation between SFR and {L}[{{C}{{II}}]}, implying that strong Lyα emission does not necessarily anti-correlate with [C II] luminosity. Combining our measurements with the literature, we show that galaxies with blue UV slopes have weaker [C II] emission at fixed SFR, potentially due to their lower metallicities and/or higher photoionization. Comparison with hydrodynamical simulations suggests that CR7's clumps have metallicities of 0.1< {{Z}}/{{{Z}}}< 0.2. The observed ISM structure of CR7 indicates that we are likely witnessing the build up of a central galaxy in the early universe through complex accretion of satellites.

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insu-03676801 , version 1 (24-05-2022)



J. Matthee, D. Sobral, F. Boone, H. Röttgering, D. Schaerer, et al.. ALMA Reveals Metals yet No Dust within Multiple Components in CR7. The Astrophysical Journal, 2017, 851, ⟨10.3847/1538-4357/aa9931⟩. ⟨insu-03676801⟩
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