The Wide Field Imager Lyman-Alpha Search (WFILAS) for galaxies at redshift ~5.7: I. A spatially compact Lyalpha emitting galaxy at redshift 5.721

Eduard Westra, David Jones, Christopher Lidman, R Athreya, K Meisenheimer, C Wolf, T Szeifert, E Pompei, L Vanzi

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We report the spectroscopic confirmation of a compact Ly alpha emitting galaxy at z = 5.721. A FORS2 spectrum of the source shows a strong asymmetric line with a flux of 5 x 10-17 erg s-1 cm -2, making it one of the brightest Ly alpha emitting galaxies at this redshift, and a line-of-sight velocity dispersion of 400 km s -1. We also have a tentative detection of a second, narrower component that is redshifted by 400 km s-1 with respect to the main peak. A FORS2 image shows that the source is compact, with a FWHM of 0a??.75, which corresponds to 3.2 kpc at this redshift**. This source is a brighter example of J1236.8+6215 (Dawson et al. 2002, ApJ, 570, 92), another Ly alpha emitting galaxy at z a?? 5.2.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L21 - L24
Number of pages4
JournalAstronomy & Astrophysics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

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