Metal-line system at z=2.18 in quasar system
This image shows lines from a metal-line system at redshift z = 2.18 towards HE22-28.
Although the Lyman-alpha absorption line (bottom) shows only one component, with the metal lines blueshifted by ~ 40 km/sec, the corresponding Lyman-beta line (the observed wavelength is 326 nm near the atmospheric cut-off!) reveals that the complex consists of two components (clouds), separated by ~ 83 km/sec, at z = 2.1795 and at z = 2.1804.
The Voigt profile fitting gives a total column density of N(HI) = 1.3 x 10 16 cm -2 and accurate values for the column densities of SiIV, SiII, CIV, SiIII and CII. The SiIV/CIV ratio, an indicator of the temperature of the ionizing background for the z = 2.1795 component gives ~ 0.23 which is similar to what has been found in higher-z systems, suggesting little evolution in the shape of the spectrum of the ionizing background .Credit:
About the Image
|Release date:||6 April 2000|
|Size:||520 x 712 px|
About the Object
|Type:||Early Universe : Galaxy : Activity : AGN : Quasar|
|Category:||Quasars and Black Holes|