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apjl. 02/2001; 548:L17-L21.
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ABSTRACT: We have used the Submillimetre Common-User Bolometer Array (SCUBA) detector on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) to measure bright sub-mm emission associated with a recently discovered extensive (>100/h kpc) and highly luminous, `blob' of Ly-alpha emission at z=3.09. The blob lies within a known large overdensity of optical sources in the z=3.07-3.11 range, and is centered on a locally overdense peak within this region. The best explanation for the copious sub-mm emission is a dust obscured continuum source, which may produce the ionizing flux for the Ly-alpha cloud. Cooling gas explanations are plausible but excessively complicated, and the 450/850 micron ratio rules out a significant fraction of the signal arising from the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich increment. At least two additional ~10 mJy sub-mm detections in the SCUBA map, with a surface density significantly higher than in blank field surveys, suggests that they may be associated with the z=3.09 structure. A SCUBA `photometry' observation of a second nearby Ly-alpha blob tentatively detects a weaker sub-mm counterpart. Comment: 5 pages, 2 figures, accepted in ApJ letters10/2000;