A Spatially Resolved Investigation on the Influence of AGN and Star Formation in a Lensed Main-Sequence Galaxy at z = 2.39
We present rest-frame optical SINFONI integral field spectroscopy and rest-frame UV HST imaging of a lensed galaxy hosting an active galactic nucleus (AGN) at z = 2.39. Galactic wind feedback is widely acknowledged to play a critical role in the evolution of galaxies, however, the physical mechanisms involved and the relative importance of AGN and star formation as the main feedback drivers remain poorly understood. AGN-driven feedback has been evident in very luminous but rare quasars and radio galaxies, but observational evidence remains lacking for less extreme, “normal” star-forming galaxies. We report, for the first time at high redshift, spatially resolved velocity profiles and geometries of an AGN-driven outflow in a normal star-forming galaxy and spatial extents and morphologies of Lyα emission and stellar UV continuum. Analyzing these measurements in tandem, we determine the physical conditions, geometry, and excitation sources of the interstellar medium in a star-forming, AGN-hosting galaxy at cosmic noon.
American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts #231
- Pub Date:
- January 2018