A Caltech Library Service

New Damped Lyα Metallicities from Echellette Spectrograph and Imager Spectroscopy of Five Palomar Sky Survey Quasars

Prochaska, Jason X. and Castro, Sandra and Djorgovski, S. G. (2003) New Damped Lyα Metallicities from Echellette Spectrograph and Imager Spectroscopy of Five Palomar Sky Survey Quasars. Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 148 (2). pp. 317-326. ISSN 0067-0049. doi:10.1086/376793.

[img] PDF - Published Version
See Usage Policy.

[img] PDF - Accepted Version
See Usage Policy.


Use this Persistent URL to link to this item:


This paper presents chemical abundance measurements for 12 new z > 3 damped Lyα systems discovered toward five quasars from the Palomar Sky Survey. We determine H I column densities from profile fits to the observed damped Lyα profiles and measure ionic column densities and limits for all observed metal line transitions. This data set, acquired with the Echellette Spectrograph and Imager on the Keck II telescope, adds to the rapidly growing database of damped Lyα abundances. It will impact studies of chemical evolution in the early universe and help identify candidates for detailed follow-up observations with echelle spectrographs. We report the discovery of the first quasar sight line with four cosmologically distinct damped Lyα systems.

Item Type:Article
Related URLs:
URLURL TypeDescription Paper
Prochaska, Jason X.0000-0002-7738-6875
Djorgovski, S. G.0000-0002-0603-3087
Alternate Title:New Damped Lya Metallicities from ESI Spectroscopy of Five Palomar Sky Survey Quasars
Additional Information:© 2003 The American Astronomical Society. Received 2003 February 28; accepted 2003 May 8. The authors wish to recognize and acknowledge the very significant cultural role and reverence that the summit of Mauna Kea has always had within the indigenous Hawaiian community. We are most fortunate to have the opportunity to conduct observations from this mountain. We acknowledge the Keck support staff for their efforts in performing these observations.
Subject Keywords:galaxies: abundances — galaxies: high-redshift — quasars: absorption lines
Issue or Number:2
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20191002-145719740
Persistent URL:
Official Citation:Jason X. Prochaska et al 2003 ApJS 148 317
Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:99029
Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:02 Oct 2019 22:09
Last Modified:16 Nov 2021 17:43

Repository Staff Only: item control page