Deep ALMA photometry of distant X-ray AGN: Improvements in star formation rate constraints, and AGN identification
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2018

We present the star formation rates (SFRs) of a sample of 109 galaxies with X-rayselected active galactic nuclei (AGNs) with moderate to high X-ray luminosities (L2-8 keV = 1042 - 1045 erg s-1), at redshifts 1 < z < 4.7, that were selected to be faint or undetected in the Herschel bands. We combine our deep Atacama large (sub-)millimetre array (ALMA) continuum observations with deblended 8-500 μm photometry from Spitzer and Herschel, and use infrared (IR) spectral energy distribution (SED) fitting and AGN - star formation decomposition methods. The addition of the ALMA photometry results in an order of magnitude more X-ray AGN in our sample with a measured SFR (now 37 %). The remaining 63 % of the sources have SFR upper limits that are typically a factor of 2-10 times lower than the pre-ALMA constraints. With the improved constraints on the IR SEDs, we can now identify a mid-IR (MIR) AGN component in 50%of our sample, compared to only ~1 %previously. We further explore the F870μm/F24μm-redshift plane as a tool for the identification of MIR-emitting AGN, for three different samples representing AGN-dominated, star formationdominated, and composite sources. We demonstrate that the F870μm/F24μm-redshift plane can successfully split between AGN and star formation-dominated sources, and can be used as an AGN identification method.

Galaxies: active

Galaxies: evolution

Galaxies: star formation


Flora Stanley

Chalmers, Rymd-, geo- och miljövetenskap, Onsala rymdobservatorium

Durham University

C. M. Harrison

Durham University

European Southern Observatory (ESO)

D. M. Alexander

Durham University

J. M. Simpson

Academia Sinica

Kirsten Kraiberg Knudsen

Chalmers, Rymd-, geo- och miljövetenskap, Onsala rymdobservatorium

J. R. Mullaney

University of Sheffield

D. J. Rosario

Durham University

J. Scholtz

Durham University

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

0035-8711 (ISSN) 1365-2966 (eISSN)

Vol. 478 3 3721-3739


Astronomi, astrofysik och kosmologi

Annan geovetenskap och miljövetenskap

Atom- och molekylfysik och optik


Onsala rymdobservatorium



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