Spitzer imaging of Herschel-atlas gravitationally lensed submillimeter sources

R. Hopwood, J. Wardlow, A. Cooray, A. A. Khostovan, S. Kim, M. Negrello, E. Da Cunha, D. Burgarella, I. Aretxaga, R. Auld, M. Baes, E. Barton, F. Bertoldi, D. G. Bonfield, R. Blundell, S. Buttiglione, A. Cava, D. L. Clements, J. Cooke, H. DannerbauerA. Dariush, G. De Zotti, J. Dunlop, L. Dunne, S. Dye, S. Eales, J. Fritz, D. Frayer, M. A. Gurwell, D. H. Hughes, E. Ibar, R. J. Ivison, M. J. Jarvis, G. Lagache, L. Leeuw, S. Maddox, M. J. Michałlowski, A. Omont, E. Pascale, M. Pohlen, E. Rigby, G. Rodighiero, D. Scott, S. Serjeant, I. Smail, D. J.B. Smith, P. Temi, M. A. Thompson, I. Valtchanov, P. Van Der Werf, A. Verma, J. D. Vieira

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We present physical properties of two submillimeter selected gravitationally lensed sources, identified in the Herschel Astrophysical Terahertz Large Area Survey. These submillimeter galaxies (SMGs) have flux densities >100 mJy at 500 μm, but are not visible in existing optical imaging. We fit light profiles to each component of the lensing systems in Spitzer IRAC 3.6 and 4.5 μm data and successfully disentangle the foreground lens from the background source in each case, providing important constraints on the spectral energy distributions (SEDs) of the background SMG at rest-frame optical-near-infrared wavelengths. The SED fits show that these two SMGs have high dust obscuration with AV ∼ 4-5 and star formation rates of ∼ 100 M yr-1. They have low gas fractions and low dynamical masses compared with 850 μm selected galaxies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAstrophysical Journal Letters
Issue number1 PART II
StatePublished - Feb 10 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Galaxies: starburst
  • Gravitational lensing: strong

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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