Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 388, 1349-1360 (2008/August-2)
A search for damped Lyman α systems towards radio-loud quasars I: the optical survey.
ELLISON S.L., YORK B.A., PETTINI M. and KANEKAR N.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present the results from the optical component of a survey for damped Lyman α systems (DLAs) towards radio-loud quasars. Our quasar sample is drawn from the Texas radio survey with the following primary selection criteria: zem≥ 2.4, optical magnitudes B ≤ 22 and 365 MHz flux density S365≥ 400 mJy. We obtained spectra for a sample of 45 quasi-stellar objects (QSOs) with the William Herschel Telescope, Very Large Telescope and Gemini-North, resulting in a survey redshift path Δz = 38.79. We detect nine DLAs and one sub-DLA, with a mean absorption redshift <z> = 2.44. The DLA number density is n(z) = 0.23+0.11–0.07, in good agreement with the value derived for DLAs detected in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey at this redshift. The DLA number density of our sample is also in good agreement with optically complete radio-selected samples, supporting previous claims that n(z) is not significantly affected by dust obscuration bias. We present N(Hi) column density determinations and metal line equivalent width measurements for all our DLAs. The low-frequency flux-density selection criterion used for the quasar sample implies that all absorbers will be suitable for follow-up absorption spectroscopy in the redshifted HI 21cm line. A following paper (Kanekar et al.) will present HI 21cm absorption studies of, and spin temperature determinations for, our DLA sample.
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surveys - galaxies: high redshift - quasars: absorption lines
Table 4: [EYP2008] QSO JHHMM+DDMM abs N.NNN N=10.
In Chap 4.1 : TXS 1013+235 not identified in the TXS Survey.
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