AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 170 Cosmology, Early Universe, Cosmic Distance Scale
Poster, Thursday, 9:20am-4:00pm, January 12, 2006, Exhibit Hall

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[170.16] CO(1-0) Emission in High-Redshift QSOs

D. A. Riechers, F. Walter (MPIA Heidelberg), C. L. Carilli (NRAO Socorro), K. K. Knudsen (MPIA Heidelberg), K. Y. Lo (NRAO Charlottesville), D. J. Benford, J. G. Staguhn (NASA/GSFC), T. R. Hunter (CfA Cambridge), F. Bertoldi (RAIUB Bonn), C. Henkel, K. M. Menten, A. Weiss (MPIfR Bonn), M. S. Yun (UMASS), N. Z. Scoville (Caltech)

Molecular gas has now been detected in 15 z > 2 QSOs through observations of high-J CO observations using millimeter interferometers. Observations of the CO ground-state transition, CO(1-0), however, have the potential to trace the molecular gas at lower excitations which may give a better estimate for the total molecular gas content in high-z QSOs. Here we present first z > 4 CO(1-0) observations obtained with the NRAO Green Bank Telescope and the MPIfR Effelsberg telescope. With these two 100m class telescopes, we detect the CO(1-0) transition in the high-redshift QSOs BR 1202-0725 (z=4.7), PSS J2322+1944 (z=4.1), and APM 08279+5255 (z=3.9). We find that the CO/FIR luminosity ratios of these high-z sources follow the same trend as seen for low-z galaxies. Utilizing large velocity gradient (LVG) models based on previous results for higher-J CO transitions, we derive that all CO emission can be described by a single gas component and that all molecular gas appears to be concentrated in a compact nuclear region. We thus find no evidence for luminous, extended CO(1-0) components in the molecular gas reservoirs around our target quasars.

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