Submillimeter observations of the J2142-4423 Ly protocluster at z = 2.38*
Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Bât. 121, Université Paris-Sud, 91405 Orsay Cedex, France e-mail: email@example.com
2 Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, CNRS and Université Pierre et Marie Curie, 98bis Bd Arago, 75014 Paris, France
3 Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Auf dem Hügel 69, 53121 Bonn, Germany
4 European Southen Observatory, Karl Schwarzschild Straße 2, 85748 Garching, Germany
5 Science Center, California Institute of Technology, Mail Code 220-6, Pasadena, CA 91125-0600, USA
Accepted: 4 March 2008
Aims. We present observations aimed at exploring both the nature of Lyα emitting nebulae (“Lyα blobs”) at and the way they trace large scale structure (LSS), by exploring their proximity to “maximum starbursts” through submillimeter emission. Our most important objectives are to make a census of associated submillimeter galaxies (SMGs), check their properties, and look for a possible overdensity in the protocluster J2142-4426 at .
Methods. We used the newly commissioned Large APEX Bolometer Camera (LABoCa) on the Atacama Pathfinder EXperiment (APEX) telescope, in its Science Verification phase, to carry out a deep map at 870 , and we performed multiple checks of the quality of data processing and source extraction.
Results. Our map, the first published deep image, confirms the capabilities of APEX/LABoCa as the most efficient current equipment for wide and deep submm mapping. Twenty-two sources were securely extracted with 870 flux densities in the range 3–21 mJy, rms noise ~0.8–2.4 mJy, and far-IR luminosities probably in the range 5– . Only one of the four 50 kpc-extended Lyα blobs has a secure 870 counterpart. The 870 source counts in the whole area are marginally higher than in the SHADES SCUBA survey, with a possible over-density around this blob. The majority of the 3.6–24 SEDs of the submillimeter sources indicate they are starburst dominated, with redshifts mostly ≳2. However, there is evidence of a high-z AGN in ~30% of the sources.
Key words: galaxies: starburst / galaxies: high-redshift / submillimeter / infrared: galaxies / ultraviolet: galaxies / large-scale structure of Universe
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