ALPINE: A Large Survey to Understand Teenage Galaxies

Andreas L. Faisst*, Lin Yan, Matthieu Béthermin, Paolo Cassata, Miroslava Dessauges-Zavadsky, Yoshinobu Fudamoto, Michele Ginolfi, Carlotta Gruppioni, Gareth Jones, Yana Khusanova, Olivier Lefèvre, Francesca Pozzi, Michael Romano, John Silverman, Brittany Vanderhoof

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A multiwavelength study of galaxies is important to understand their formation and evolution. Only in the recent past, thanks to the Atacama Large (Sub) Millimeter Array (ALMA), were we able to study the far-infrared (IR) properties of galaxies at high redshifts. In this article, we summarize recent research highlights and their significance to our understanding of early galaxy evolution from the ALPINE survey, a large program with ALMA to observe the dust continuum and 158 µm C+ emission of normal star-forming galaxies at z = 4–6. Combined with ancillary data at UV through near-IR wavelengths, ALPINE provides the currently largest multiwavelength sample of post-reionization galaxies and has advanced our understanding of (i) the demographics of C+ emission; (ii) the relation of star formation and C+ emission; (iii) the gas content; (iv) outflows and enrichment of the intergalactic medium; and (v) the kinematics, emergence of disks, and merger rates in galaxies at z > 4. ALPINE builds the basis for more detailed measurements with the next generation of telescopes, and places itself as an important post-reionization baseline sample to allow a continuous study of galaxies over 13 billion years of cosmic time.

Original languageEnglish
Article number314
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Jun


  • galaxies: ISM
  • galaxies: formation
  • galaxies: high-redshift
  • galaxies: kinematics and dynamics
  • galaxies: star formation
  • galaxies:evolution
  • submillimeter: galaxies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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