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A mature dusty star-forming galaxy hosting GRB 080607 at z = 3.036

Chen, HW, Perley, DA, Wilson, CD, Bradley Cenko, S, Levan, AJ, Bloom, JS, Prochaska, JX, Tanvir, NR, Dessauges-Zavadsky, M and Pettini, M (2010) A mature dusty star-forming galaxy hosting GRB 080607 at z = 3.036. The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 723 (2). ISSN 2041-8205

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We report the discovery of the host galaxy of Swift dark burst GRB 080607 at zGRB = 3.036. GRB 080607 is a unique case of a highly extinguished (AV ≈ 3 mag) afterglow that was yet sufficiently bright for high-quality absorption-line spectroscopy. The host galaxy is clearly resolved in deep Hubble Space Telescope (HST) WF3/IR F160W images and well detected in the Spitzer IRAC 3.5μm and 4.5μm channels, while displaying little/no fluxes in deep optical images from Keck and Magellan. The extremely red optical-infrared colors are consistent with the large extinction seen in the afterglow light, suggesting that the large amount of dust and gas surface mass density seen along the afterglow sight line is not merely local but likely reflects the global dust content across the entire host galaxy. Adopting the dust properties and metallicity of the host interstellar medium derived from studies of early-time afterglow light and absorption-line spectroscopy, we perform a stellar population synthesis analysis of the observed spectral energy distribution to constrain the intrinsic luminosity and stellar population of this dark burst host. The host galaxy is best described by an exponentially declining star formation rate of e-folding time τ = 2 Gyr and an age of ∼2 Gyr. We also derive an extinction-corrected star formation rate of SFR ≈ 125 h -2M⊙ yr-1 and a total stellar mass of M* ∼ 4 × 1011 h-2M ⊙. Our study provides an example of massive, dusty star-forming galaxies contributing to the γ -ray burst (GRB) host galaxy population, supporting the notion that long-duration GRBs trace the bulk of cosmic star formation. © 2010. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0201 Astronomical And Space Sciences
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Astrophysics Research Institute
Publisher: American Astronomical Society
Date Deposited: 18 May 2017 10:47
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2022 09:41
DOI or ID number: 10.1088/2041-8205/723/2/L218
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6480
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