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Constraining star formation rates and AGN feedback in high-z radio galaxies

Abstract : The evolution of galaxies is something that is still not well understood. The cosmic star formation rate density peaks between 1 < z < 3. It is therefore important to investigate the high-z Universe and the mechanisms which triggers or quenches star-formation in galaxies. In this thesis I investigate the effects of AGN feedback by studying high-z radio galaxies (HzRGs). For a sample of 25 HzRGs at 1 < z < 5.2, I add new ALMA data and determine the star formation rates (SFR) by multi-wavelength spectral energy distribution fitting. The ALMA data reveals that the mm continuum emission can be complicated, with contributions from several thermal dust emission components and/or synchrotron emission. The new estimated SFRs are 7 times lower than in previous studies. We might therefore be observing the effect of the AGN suppressing the growth of the host galaxy. For one source I explore the possibilities of constraining the gas Physics of the host galaxy and the halo gas by combining MUSE and ALMA data cubes. Quiescent ionized halo gas is detected, which coincide with a molecular gas reservoir detected with ALMA in [C I]. These observations probe the complex multi-phase halo gas and show the power of multi-wavelength observations.
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Theresa Maria Falkendal. Constraining star formation rates and AGN feedback in high-z radio galaxies. Galactic Astrophysics [astro-ph.GA]. Sorbonne Université, 2018. English. ⟨NNT : 2018SORUS248⟩. ⟨tel-02475869⟩



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