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Title: A Massive, Dusty, Hi Absorption–Selected Galaxy at z ≈ 2.46 Identified in a CO Emission Survey

We report a NOrthern Extended Millimeter Array (NOEMA) and Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array search for redshifted CO emission from the galaxies associated with seven high-metallicity ([M/H] ≥ −1.03) damped Lyαabsorbers (DLAs) atz≈ 1.64–2.51. Our observations yielded one new detection of CO(3–2) emission from a galaxy atz= 2.4604 using NOEMA, associated with thez= 2.4628 DLA toward QSO B0201+365. Including previous searches, our search results in detection rates of CO emission of5624+38% and119+26%, respectively, in the fields of DLAs with [M/H] > −0.3 and [M/H] < −0.3. Further, the Hi–selected galaxies associated with five DLAs with [M/H] > −0.3 all have high molecular gas masses, ≳5 × 1010M. This indicates that the highest-metallicity DLAs atz≈ 2 are associated with the most massive galaxies. The newly identifiedz≈ 2.4604 Hi–selected galaxy, DLA0201+365g, has an impact parameter of ≈7 kpc to the QSO sightline, and an implied molecular gas mass of (5.04 ± 0.78) × 1010× (αCO/4.36) × (r31/0.55)M. Archival Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 imaging covering the rest-frame near-ultraviolet (NUV) and far-ultraviolet (FUV) emission from this galaxy yield nondetections of rest-frame NUV and FUV emission, and a 5σupper limit of 2.3Myr−1on the unobscured more » star formation rate (SFR). The low NUV-based SFR estimate, despite the very high molecular gas mass, indicates that DLA0201+365g either is a very dusty galaxy, or has a molecular gas depletion time that is around 2 orders of magnitude larger than that of star-forming galaxies at similar redshifts.

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Article No. 87
DOI PREFIX: 10.3847
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National Science Foundation
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