ALMA Detections of CO Emission in the Most Luminous, Heavily Dust-obscured Quasars at z > 3
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2018

We report the results of a pilot study of CO(4 - 3) emission line of three Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)-selected hyper-luminous, dust-obscured quasars (QSOs) with sensitive ALMA Band 3 observations. These obscured QSOs with L bol > 10 14 L o; are among the most luminous objects in the universe. All three QSO hosts are clearly detected both in continuum and in CO(4 - 3) emission line. Based on CO(4 - 3) emission line detection, we derive the molecular gas masses (∼10 10-11 M o; ), suggesting that these QSOs are gas-rich systems. We find that the obscured QSOs in our sample follow the similar relation as unobscured QSOs at high redshifts. We also find the complex velocity structures of CO(4 - 3) emission line, which provide the possible evidence for a gas-rich merger in W0149+2350 and possible molecular outflow in W0220+0137 and W0410-0913. Massive molecular outflow can blow away the obscured interstellar medium and make obscured QSOs evolve toward the UV/optical bright, unobscured phase. Our result is consistent with the popular active galactic nucleus (AGN) feedback scenario involving the co-evolution between the supermassive black holes and host galaxy.

quasars: general

galaxies: high-redshift

galaxies: evolution

galaxies: active

galaxies: interactions


Lulu Fan

Shandong University, Weihai

Kirsten Kraiberg Knudsen

Chalmers, Rymd-, geo- och miljövetenskap, Astronomi och plasmafysik

Judit Fogasy

Chalmers, Rymd-, geo- och miljövetenskap, Astronomi och plasmafysik

Guillaume Drouart

Curtin University

Astrophysical Journal Letters

2041-8205 (ISSN) 2041-8213 (eISSN)

Vol. 856 1 L5


Astronomi, astrofysik och kosmologi

Atom- och molekylfysik och optik


Grundläggande vetenskaper


Onsala rymdobservatorium



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