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(Sub)millimetre interferometric imaging of a sample of COSMOS/AzTEC submillimetre galaxies

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O. Miettinen
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V. Smolcic
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M. Aravena
D. Masters
D. A. Riechers
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R. S. Bussmann
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P. Capak
J. S. Kartaltepe
F. Navarrete
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D. Sanders
E. Schinnerer

Abstract

We used the Plateau de Bure Interferometer (PdBI) to map a sample of 15 submillimetre galaxies (SMGs) in the COSMOS field at the wavelength of 1.3 mm. The target SMGs were originally discovered in the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT)/AzTEC 1.1 mmcontinuum survey at S/N-1.1mm = 4-4.5. This paper presents, for the first time, interferometric millimetre-wavelength observations of these sources. The angular resolution of our observations, similar to 1 `'.8, allowed us to accurately determine the positions of the target SMGs. Using a detection threshold of S/N-1.3mm \textgreater 4.5 regardless of multiwavelength counterpart association, and 4 \textless S/N-1.3 mm \textless= 4.5 if a multiwavelength counterpart within 1 `'.5 is also present, the total number of detections in our survey is 22. The most significant PdBI detection of S/N-1.3 (mm) = 10.3 is towards AzTEC19. Three of our detected SMGs (AzTEC21, 27, and 28; which corresponds to 20%) are marginally resolved at our angular resolution, and these sources are found to have elongated or clumpy morphologies and/or multiple components. Using optical to near-infrared photometric redshifts, available spectroscopic redshifts, and redshifts estimated from the radio-to-submm spectral index we infer a median redshift of \textless(z)over tilde\textgreater = 3.20 +/- 0.25 for our sample. To study the overall multiplicity and redshift distribution of flux-limited samples of SMGs we combined these sources with the 15 brightest JCMT/AzTEC SMGs detected at 1.1 mm, AzTEC1-15, and studied previously. This constitutes a complete, flux-and S/N-limited 1.1-mm selected sample. We find that the median redshift for the 15 brightest JCMT/AzTEC SMGs ((z) over tilde = 3.05 +/- 0.44) is consistent with that for AzTEC16-30. This conforms to recent observational findings that SMGs do not exhibit any significant trend between the redshift and (sub) mm flux density. For the combined AzTEC1-30 sample we derive a median redshift of (z) over tilde = 3.17 +/- 0.27, consistent with previous results based on mm-selected samples. We further infer that within the combined AzTEC1-30 sample similar to 25 +/- 9% of sources separate into multiple components.

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hal-01440005 , version 1 (18-01-2017)

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O. Miettinen, V. Smolcic, M. Novak, M. Aravena, A. Karim, et al.. (Sub)millimetre interferometric imaging of a sample of COSMOS/AzTEC submillimetre galaxies. Astronomy and Astrophysics - A&A, 2015, 577, ⟨10.1051/0004-6361/201425032⟩. ⟨hal-01440005⟩
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