AAS 195th Meeting, January 2000
Session 21. Galaxies Far and Near
Oral, Wednesday, January 12, 2000, 10:00-11:30am, Regency VII

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[21.01] CO, mm, and Near-Infrared Wavelength Observations of High-Redshift Submillimeter Galaxies

D. T. Frayer, N. Z Scoville (Caltech)

We discuss Owens Valley Millimeter Array observations and Keck near-infrared wavelength observations of the high-redshift sub-mm population of galaxies. Studies of sub-mm galaxies are vital to our understanding of the formation and early evolution of galaxies since this population could account for a significant fraction of the total amount of star formation and AGN activity at high redshift. The initial CO data suggest that the sub-mm galaxies are analogous to the gas-rich ultraluminous mergers found in the local universe. Since many sub-mm galaxies are highly obscured at observed optical wavelengths, sensitive observations at mm and near-infrared wavelengths are critical for yielding insights into the nature of these systems.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: dtf@astro.caltech.edu

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