Direct and indirect observational evidence leads to the conclusion that high-redshift QSOs did shine in the core of early-type protogalaxies during their main episode of star formation. Exploiting this fact, we derive the rate of formation of this kind of stellar system at high redshift by using the QSO luminosity function. The elemental proportions in elliptical galaxies, the descendants of the QSO hosts, suggest that the star formation was more rapid in more massive objects, We show that this is expected to occur in dark matter haloes, when the processes of cooling and heating are considered. This is also confirmed by comparing the observed submm counts with those derived by coupling the formation rate and the star formation rate of the spheroidal galaxies with a detailed model for their SED evolution. In this scenario SCUBA galaxies and Lyman-break galaxies are early-type protogalaxies forming the hulk of their stars before the onset of QSO activity.
|Titolo:||Joint formation of QSOs and spheroids: QSOs as clocks of star formation in spheroids|
|Autori:||Granato GL; Silva L; Monaco P; Panuzzo P; Salucci P; De Zotti G; Danese L|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2001|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1046/j.1365-8711.2001.04369.x|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Journal article|