Journal Article

Dissecting the Lyman α emission halo of LAB1

Anne-Marie Weijmans, Richard G. Bower, James E. Geach, A. Mark Swinbank, R. J. Wilman, P. T. de Zeeuw and Simon L. Morris

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 402, issue 4, pages 2245-2252
Published in print March 2010 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online March 2010 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
Dissecting the Lyman α emission halo of LAB1

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We report observations of Lyman alpha blob 1 (LAB1) in the SSA 22 protocluster region (z= 3.09) with the integral-field spectrograph SAURON. We increased the signal-to-noise ratio in the spectra by more than a factor of 3 compared to our previous observations. This allows us to probe the structure of the LAB system in detail, examining its structure in the spatial and wavelength dimensions. We find that the emission from the system comes largely from five distinct blobs. Two of the emission regions are associated with Lyman break galaxies, while a third appears to be associated with a heavily obscured submillimeter galaxy. The fourth and fifth components do not appear to be associated with any galaxy despite the deep imaging that is available in this field. If we interpret wavelength shifts in the line centroid as velocity structure in the underlying gas, many of these emission systems show evidence of velocity shear. It remains difficult to distinguish between an underlying rotation of the gas and an outflow driven by the central object. We have examined all of the line profiles for evidence of strong absorption features. While several systems are better fitted by the inclusion of a weak absorption component, we do not see evidence for a large-scale coherent absorption feature such as that seen in LAB2.

Keywords: galaxies: haloes; galaxies: high-redshift

Journal Article.  5991 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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