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2013MNRAS.434.2892B - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 434, 2892-2906 (2013/October-1)

A search for boron in damped Lyα systems.


Abstract (from CDS):

We present the first systematic study of boron beyond the Local Group. This analysis is performed on a sample of 30 damped Lyα systems (DLAs) with strong metal lines, which are expected to trace the interstellar medium of high-z galaxies. We report on two boron detections at >3σ significance; one new detection and one confirmation. The ratios of B/O and, for the first time, B/S are compared with previous stellar and interstellar measurements in the Milky Way and Small Magellanic Cloud. The novel comparison with sulphur, which tracks oxygen's abundance, alleviates the uncertainty associated with stellar oxygen measurements. For both detections, the inferred B/S ratio is in excess of the prediction of primary boron production from spallation processes. Possible sources of contamination are discussed, as well as physical effects that could impact the observed ratios. However taken at face value, the implication of these measurements suggests potentially higher cosmic ray fluxes in DLAs. The prospects for future boron detections in other high-redshift DLAs to confirm our results is also discussed.

Abstract Copyright: © 2013 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society (2013)

Journal keyword(s): galaxies: abundances - galaxies: high-redshift - galaxies: ISM - quasars: absorption lines

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