Volume 599, March 2017
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Published online||14 March 2017|
The ALMA Redshift 4 Survey (AR4S)
I. The massive end of the z = 4 main sequence of galaxies
1 Leiden Observatory, Leiden University, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
2 Laboratoire AIM-Paris-Saclay, CEA/DSM/Irfu – CNRS – Université Paris Diderot, CEA-Saclay, pt. courrier 131, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette, France
3 Faculty of Physics, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Scheinerstr. 1, 81679 Munich, Germany
4 Instituto de Física y Astronomía, Universidad de Valparaíso, Avda. Gran Bretaña 1111, 2360102 Valparaiso, Chile
5 Astronomy Department, Universidad de Concepción, Cssilla 160-C, Concepción, Chile
6 School of Astronomy and Space Sciences, Nanjing University, 210093 Nanjing, PR China
Received: 21 June 2016
Accepted: 16 December 2016
We introduce the ALMA Redshift 4 Survey (AR4S), a systematic ALMA survey of all the known galaxies with stellar mass (M∗) larger than 5 × 1010M⊙ at 3.5 <z< 4.7 in the GOODS–south, UDS and COSMOS CANDELS fields. The sample we have analyzed in this paper is composed of 96 galaxies observed with ALMA at 890 μm (180 μm rest-frame) with an on-source integration time of 1.3 min per galaxy. We detected 32% of the sample at more than 3σ significance. Using the stacked ALMA and Herschel photometry, we derived an average dust temperature of 40 ± 2 K for the whole sample, and extrapolate the LIR and SFR for all our galaxies based on their ALMA flux. We then used a forward modeling approach to estimate their intrinsic sSFR distribution, deconvolved of measurement errors and selection effects: we find a linear relation between SFR and M∗, with a median sSFR = 2.8 ± 0.8 Gyr and a dispersion around that relation of 0.28 ± 0.13 dex. This latter value is consistent with that measured at lower redshifts, which is proof that the main sequence of star-forming galaxies was already in place at z = 4, at least among massive galaxies. These new constraints on the properties of the main sequence are in good agreement with the latest predictions from numerical simulations, and suggest that the bulk of star formation in galaxies is driven by the same mechanism from z = 4 to the present day, that is, over at least 90% of the cosmic history. We also discuss the consequences of our results on the population of early quiescent galaxies. This paper is part of a series that will employ these new ALMA observations to explore the star formation and dust properties of the massive end of the z = 4 galaxy population.
Key words: galaxies: evolution / galaxies: statistics / galaxies: star formation / submillimeter: galaxies
© ESO, 2017
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