Siana, Brian and Teplitz, Harry I. and Chary, Ranga-Ram and Colbert, James and Frayer, David T. (2008) Spitzer Observations of the z = 2.73 Lensed Lyman Break Galaxy: MS 1512–cB58. Astrophysical Journal, 689 (1). pp. 59-67. ISSN 0004-637X http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20090514-195752563
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We present Spitzer infrared (IR) photometry and spectroscopy of the lensed Lyman break galaxy (LBG) MS 1512–cB58 at z = 2.73. The large (factor ~30) magnification allows for the most detailed IR study of an L☉_(UV)(z = 3) LBG to date. Broadband photometry with IRAC (3-10 μm), IRS (16 μm), and MIPS (24, 70, and 160 μm) was obtained, as well as IRS spectroscopy spanning 5.5-35 μm. A fit of stellar population models to the optical/near-IR/IRAC photometry gives a young age (~9 Myr), forming stars at ~98 M⊙ yr^(-1), with a total stellar mass of ~10^9 M☉ formed thus far. The existence of an old stellar population with twice the stellar mass cannot be ruled out. IR spectral energy distribution fits to the 24 and 70 μm photometry, as well as previously obtained submillimeter/millimeter data give an intrinsic IR luminosity L_(IR) = (1–2) × 10^(11) L☉ and a star formation rate (SFR) ~20-40 M☉yr^(−1). The ultraviolet (UV) derived SFR is ~3-5 times higher than the SFR determined using L_(IR) or L_(Hα) because the red UV spectral slope is significantly overpredicting the level of dust extinction. This may suggest that the assumed Calzetti starburst obscuration law is not valid in young LBGs. We detect strong line emission from polycyclic aromatic hyrdrocarbons (PAHs) at 6.2, 7.7, and 8.6 μm. The line ratios are consistent with ratios observed in both local and high-redshift starbursts. Both the PAH and rest-frame 8 μm luminosities predict the total LIR based on previously measured relations in starbursts. Finally, we do not detect the 3.3 μm PAH feature. This is marginally inconsistent with some PAH emission models, but still consistent with PAH ratios measured in many local star-forming galaxies.
|Additional Information:||© 2008 The American Astronomical Society. Received 2008 May 20, accepted for publication 2008 August 18. We would like to thank Chuck Steidel and Omar Almaini for helpful discussions. This work is based on observations made with the Spitzer Space Telescope, which is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology under a contract with NASA. Support for this work was provided by NASA through an award issued by JPL/Caltech.|
|Subject Keywords:||galaxies: high-redshift; galaxies: individual: MS 1512-cB58; infrared: galaxies|
|Official Citation:||Spitzer Observations of the z = 2.73 Lensed Lyman Break Galaxy: MS 1512–cB58 Brian Siana, Harry I. Teplitz, Ranga-Ram Chary, James Colbert, and David T. Frayer 2008 ApJ 689 59-67 doi: 10.1086/592682|
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|Deposited By:||Joy Painter|
|Deposited On:||02 Sep 2009 19:20|
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