With the aim of determining if Milky Way (MW) progenitors could be identified as high-redshift Lyman Alpha Emitters (LAEs), we have derived the intrinsic properties of z ~ 5.7 MW progenitors, which are then used to compute their observed Lyα luminosity, Lα, and equivalent width (EW). MW progenitors visible as LAEs are selected according to the canonical observational criterion, Lα > 1042 erg s-1 and EW > 20Å. Progenitors of MW-like galaxies have Lα = 1039-43.25 erg s-1, making some of them visible as LAEs. In any single MW merger tree realization, typically only one (out of ~50) progenitor meets the LAE selection criterion, but the probability of having at least one LAE is very high, P = 68per cent. The identified LAE stars have ages t* ~ 150-400 Myr at z ~ 5.7, with the exception of five small progenitors with t* < 5 Myr and large EW = 60-130Å. LAE MW progenitors provide >10per cent of the halo very metal-poor stars [Fe/H] <-2, thus establishing a potentially fruitful link between high-z galaxies and the local Universe.
|Titolo:||High-redshift Lya emitters: clues on the Milky Way infancy|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2010|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1745-3933.2010.00880.x|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|