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The bright extragalactic ALMA redshift survey (BEARS) I: redshifts of bright gravitationally lensed galaxies from the Herschel ATLAS

Urquhart, S. A., Bendo, G. J., Serjeant, S., Bakx, T., Hagimoto, M., Cox, P., Neri, R., Lehnert, M., Sedgwick, C., Weiner, C., Dannerbauer, H., Amvrosiadis, A., Andreani, P., Baker, A .J., Beelen, A., Berta, S., Borsato, E., Buat, V., Butler, K. M., Cooray, A., De Zotti, G., Dunne, L. ORCID:, Dye, S., Eales, S. ORCID:, Enia, A., Fan, L., Gavazzi, R., González-Nuevo, J., Harris, A. I., Herrera, C. N., Hughes, D., Ismail, D., Ivison, R., Jin, S., Jones, B., Kohno, K., Krips, M., Lagache, G., Marchetti, L., Massardi, M., Messias, H., Negrello, M. ORCID:, Omont, A., Perez-Fournon, I., Riechers, D. A., Scott, D., Smith, M. W. L. ORCID:, Stanley, F., Tamura, Y., Temi, P., Vlahakis, C., Weiß, A., van der Werf, P., Verma, A., Yang, C. and Young, A. J. 2022. The bright extragalactic ALMA redshift survey (BEARS) I: redshifts of bright gravitationally lensed galaxies from the Herschel ATLAS. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 511 (2) , pp. 3017-3033. 10.1093/mnras/stac150

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We present spectroscopic measurements for 71 galaxies associated with 62 of the brightest high-redshift submillimetre sources from the Southern fields of the Herschel Astrophysical Terahertz Large Area Survey (H-ATLAS), while targeting 85 sources which resolved into 142. We have obtained robust redshift measurements for all sources using the 12-m Array and an efficient tuning of ALMA to optimize its use as a redshift hunter, with 73 per cent of the sources having a robust redshift identification. Nine of these redshift identifications also rely on observations from the Atacama Compact Array. The spectroscopic redshifts span a range 1.41 < z < 4.53 with a mean value of 2.75, and the CO emission line full-width at half-maxima range between 110kms−1<1290kms−1 with a mean value of ∼500 km s−1, in line with other high-z samples. The derived CO(1-0) luminosity is significantly elevated relative to line-width to CO(1-0) luminosity scaling relation, which is suggestive of lensing magnification across our sources. In fact, the distribution of magnification factors inferred from the CO equivalent widths is consistent with expectations from galaxy–galaxy lensing models, though there is a hint of an excess at large magnifications that may be attributable to the additional lensing optical depth from galaxy groups or clusters.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Additional Information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited
Publisher: Royal Astronomical Society
ISSN: 0035-8711
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 10 March 2022
Date of Acceptance: 16 January 2022
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 11:09

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