Enhanced Far-IR Line Emission at High-Z: Implications for SPICA
INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma, via di Frascati 44, 00040 Monte Porzio Catone, Italy
2 University of Leeds, School of Physics and Astronomy, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK
3 INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Vicolo dell’Osservatorio 5, 35122, Padova, Italy
Recent observations of the fine structure line [CII]158μm in high redshift galaxies have shown that this line is significantly stronger in distant galaxies than in local counterparts with the same far-IR luminosity. This enhancement at high-z probably applies also to other far-IR fine structure lines. This result suggests that SPICA, and in particular its spectrometer SAFARI, will be able to identify and characterize a much larger number of high-z galaxies through these far-IR lines than previously assumed. We discuss the new potentialities offered by SPICA for cosmological studies within this new scenario.
Key words: Galaxies: formation, evolution, starburst / Missions: SPICA
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