Properties of the molecular gas in a starbursting QSO at z = 1.83 in the COSMOS field


Using the IRAM 30 m telescope, we have detected the 12CO J=2-1, 4-3, 5-4, and 6-5 emission lines in the millimeter-bright, blank-field selected AGN COSMOS J100038+020822 at redshift z = 1.8275. The sub-local thermodynamic equilibrium (LTE) excitation of the J=4 level implies that the gas is less excited than that in typical nearby starburst galaxies such as NGC 253, and in the high-redshift quasars studied to date, such as J1148+5251 or BR1202-0725. Large velocity gradient (LVG) modeling of the CO line spectral energy distribution (CO SED; flux density vs. rotational quantum number) yields H{2} densities in the range 103.5-104.0 cm-3, and kinetic temperatures between 50 K and 200 K. The H{2} mass of (3.6 - 5.4) 7 1010 M 99 implied by the line intensities compares well with our estimate of the dynamical mass within the inner 1.5 kpc of the object. Fitting a two-component gray body spectrum, we find a dust mass of 1.2 7 109 M 99, and cold and hot dust temperatures of 42\ub15 K and 160\ub125 K, respectively. The broad MgII line allows us to estimate the mass of the central black hole as 1.7 7 109 M 99. Although the optical spectrum and multi-wavelength SED matches those of an average QSO, the molecular gas content and dust properties resemble those of known submillimeter galaxies (SMGs). The optical morphology of this source shows tidal tails that suggest a recent interaction or merger. Since it shares properties of both starburst and AGN, this object appears to be in a transition from a strongly starforming submillimeter galaxy to a QSO

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