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Mapping the Cosmic Gas Supply with ALMA

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Project "Cosmic_Gas" data sheet

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city: Munich
postcode: 80539

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙457˙500 €
 EC max contribution 2˙457˙500 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-11-01   to  2022-10-31


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 Project objective

The molecular gas phase is the material in galaxies out of which stars form. As such, it is the quantity that controls the star formation rate of a galaxy, thereby the overall stellar mass build-up, and ultimately galaxy evolution through cosmic times. In contrast to studies of the stellar mass and star formation, characterizing this fuel supply in galaxies as a function of cosmic epoch is still in its infancy. The ALMA facility now redefines our ability to map out the cosmic cold gas supply, essentially unknown at present. This ERC proposal is based on extensive approved observational ALMA programs, led by the PI: ASPECS is the first-ever approved ALMA large (150h) program, aimed at providing a comprehensive view of the baryon cycle from gas to stars over cosmic time. ASPECS will provide 3D molecular scans in two ALMA bands of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field -- the iconic cosmological deep field. A second focus is the detailed characterization of the molecular gas content at z>6 in host galaxies of the most distant quasars via ALMA. This will assess the role of cold gas in the build-up of the first (t_Universe < 1 Gyr) massive cosmic structures in the Universe, again through significant approved ALMA programs led by the PI’s group. The studies outlined here will fully capitalize on the unparalleled capabilities of ALMA to map out the cosmic gas supply through cosmic history, and will provide crucial insights to define observational strategies for JWST (the PI is member of the European JWST/MIRI science team). Through his track record, past achievements in the field of galaxy evolution studies, and through the available proprietary data, the PI is uniquely positioned to lead this ambitious program, which will define the global state-of-the-art in cosmological galaxy evolution through high-redshift ISM studies.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Marcel Neeleman, Nissim Kanekar, J. Xavier Prochaska, Marc A. Rafelski, Chris L. Carilli
[C ii] 158 μ m Emission from z ∼ 4 H i Absorption-selected Galaxies
published pages: L19, ISSN: 2041-8213, DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/aaf871
The Astrophysical Journal 870/2 2019-06-06
2018 Fabian Walter, Dominik Riechers, Mladen Novak, Roberto Decarli, Carl Ferkinhoff, Bram Venemans, Eduardo Bañados, Frank Bertoldi, Chris Carilli, Xiaohui Fan, Emanuele Farina, Chiara Mazzucchelli, Marcel Neeleman, Hans-Walter Rix, Michael A. Strauss, Bade Uzgil, Ran Wang
No Evidence for Enhanced [O iii] 88 μ m Emission in a z ∼ 6 Quasar Compared to Its Companion Starbursting Galaxy
published pages: L22, ISSN: 2041-8213, DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/aaf4fa
The Astrophysical Journal 869/2 2019-06-06
2018 Marcel Neeleman, Nissim Kanekar, J. Xavier Prochaska, Lise Christensen, Miroslava Dessauges-Zavadsky, Johan P. U. Fynbo, Palle Møller, Martin A. Zwaan
Molecular Emission from a Galaxy Associated with a z ∼ 2.2 Damped Ly α Absorber
published pages: L12, ISSN: 2041-8213, DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/aab5b1
The Astrophysical Journal 856/1 2019-06-06
2017 Bram P. Venemans, Fabian Walter, Roberto Decarli, Eduardo Bañados, Chris Carilli, Jan Martin Winters, Karl Schuster, Elisabete da Cunha, Xiaohui Fan, Emanuele Paolo Farina, Chiara Mazzucchelli, Hans-Walter Rix, Axel Weiss
Copious Amounts of Dust and Gas in a z = 7.5 Quasar Host Galaxy
published pages: L8, ISSN: 2041-8213, DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/aa943a
The Astrophysical Journal 851/1 2019-06-06
2018 Roberto Decarli, Fabian Walter, Bram P. Venemans, Eduardo Bañados, Frank Bertoldi, Chris Carilli, Xiaohui Fan, Emanuele Paolo Farina, Chiara Mazzucchelli, Dominik Riechers, Hans-Walter Rix, Michael A. Strauss, Ran Wang, Yujin Yang
An ALMA [C ii] Survey of 27 Quasars at z > 5.94
published pages: 97, ISSN: 1538-4357, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aaa5aa
The Astrophysical Journal 854/2 2019-06-06
2019 Bram P. Venemans, Marcel Neeleman, Fabian Walter, Mladen Novak, Roberto Decarli, Joseph F. Hennawi, Hans-Walter Rix
400 pc Imaging of a Massive Quasar Host Galaxy at a Redshift of 6.6
published pages: L30, ISSN: 2041-8213, DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/ab11cc
The Astrophysical Journal 874/2 2019-06-06
2018 Bram P. Venemans, Roberto Decarli, Fabian Walter, Eduardo Bañados, Frank Bertoldi, Xiaohui Fan, Emanuele Paolo Farina, Chiara Mazzucchelli, Dominik Riechers, Hans-Walter Rix, Ran Wang, Yujin Yang
Dust Emission in an Accretion-rate-limited Sample of z ≳ 6 Quasars
published pages: 159, ISSN: 1538-4357, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aadf35
The Astrophysical Journal 866/2 2019-06-06

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