Volume 660, April 2022
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Published online||13 April 2022|
VLA detects CO(1–0) emission in the z = 3.65 quasar SDSS J160705+533558
Department of Space, Earth and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology, Onsala Space Observatory, 439 92 Onsala, Sweden
2 Konkoly Observatory, ELKH Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, Konkoly Thege Miklós út 15-17, H-1121 Budapest, Hungary
Accepted: 11 February 2022
We present CO(1–0) observations of the high-redshift quasar SDSS J160705+533558 (z = 3.653) using the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA). We detect CO emission associated with the quasar and at ∼16.8 kpc projected distance from it, separated by ∼800 km s−1 in velocity. The total molecular gas mass of this system is ∼5 × 1010 M⊙. By comparing our CO detections with previous submillimetre (submm) observations of the source, an offset between the different emission components is revealed: the peak of the submm emission is offset from the quasar and from the CO companion detected in our VLA data. To explain our findings, we propose a scenario similar to that for the Antennae galaxies: SDSS J160705+533558 might be a merger system in which the quasar and the CO companion are the merging galaxies, whose interaction resulted in the formation of a dusty, star-forming overlap region between the galaxies that is dominant at the submm wavelengths.
Key words: quasars: individual: SDSS J160705+533558 / galaxies: active / galaxies: high-redshift / galaxies: evolution
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