Submillimeter Observations of the Ultraluminous Broad Absorption Line Quasar APM 08279+5255

Geraint F. Lewis, Scott C. Chapman, Rodrigo A. Ibata, Michael J. Irwin, Edward J. Totten
1998 Astrophysical Journal  
With an inferred bolometric luminosity of $5\times10^{15}{\rm \lsun}$, the recently identified z=3.87, broad absorption line quasar APM 08279+5255 is apparently the most luminous object currently known. As half of its prodigious emission occurs in the infrared, APM 08279+5255 also represents the most extreme example of an Ultraluminous Infrared Galaxy. Here, we present new submillimeter observations of this phenomenal object; while indicating that a vast quantity of dust is present, these data
more » ... resent, these data prove to be incompatible with current models of emission mechanisms and reprocessing in ultraluminous systems. The influence of gravitational lensing upon these models is considered and we find that while the emission from the central continuum emitting region may be significantly enhanced, lensing induced magnification cannot easily reconcile the models with observations. We conclude that further modeling, including the effects of any differential magnification is required to explain the observed emission from APM 08279+5255.
doi:10.1086/311603 fatcat:tt2cbgwsk5d5nbzsfzbeeyjjhu