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A Bright Submillimeter Source in the Bullet Cluster (1E0657--56) Field Detected with BLAST

Abstract : We present the 250, 350, and 500 micron detection of bright submillimeter emission in the direction of the Bullet Cluster measured by the Balloon-borne Large-Aperture Submillimeter Telescope (BLAST). The 500 micron centroid is coincident with an AzTEC 1.1 millimeter detection at a position close to the peak lensing magnification produced by the cluster. However, the 250 micron and 350 micron emission is resolved and elongated, with centroid positions shifted toward the south of the AzTEC source and a differential shift between bands that cannot be explained by pointing uncertainties. We therefore conclude that the BLAST detection is contaminated by emission from foreground galaxies associated with the Bullet Cluster. The submillimeter redshift estimate based on 250-1100 micron photometry at the position of the AzTEC source is z_phot = 2.9 (+0.6/-0.3), consistent with the infrared color redshift estimation of the most likely Spitzer IRAC counterpart. These flux densities indicate an apparent far-infrared luminosity of L_FIR = 2E13 L_sun. When the amplification due to the gravitational lensing of the cluster is removed, the intrinsic far-infrared luminosity of the source is found to be L_FIR <= 1E12 L_sun, consistent with typical luminous infrared galaxies.
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Marie Rex, Peter A. R. Ade, Itziar Aretxaga, James J. Bock, Edward L. Chapin, et al.. A Bright Submillimeter Source in the Bullet Cluster (1E0657--56) Field Detected with BLAST. The Astrophysical Journal, American Astronomical Society, 2009, 703, pp.348-353. ⟨10.1088/0004-637X/703/1/348⟩. ⟨in2p3-00376768⟩



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