SIMBAD references

2014ApJ...784....5M - Astrophys. J., 784, 5 (2014/March-3)

Probing the large and massive circumgalactic medium of a galaxy at z ∼ 0.2 using a pair of quasars.


Abstract (from CDS):

We present an analysis of two O VI absorbers at redshift zabs= 0.227, which were detected in the spectra of two closely spaced QSO sightlines (Q 0107-025A and B) and observed with the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph onboard the Hubble Space Telescope. At the same redshift, the presence of a single bright (∼1.2L{sstarf}) galaxy at an impact parameter of ∼200 kpc (proper) from both the sightlines was reported by Crighton et al. Using detailed photoionization models, we show that the high ionization phases of both the O VI absorbers have similar ionization conditions (e.g., log U ∼ -1.1 to -0.9), chemical enrichment (e.g., log Z ∼ -1.4 to -1.0), total hydrogen column density (e.g., log NH(/cm2) ∼ 19.6-19.7), and line of sight thickness (e.g., llos∼ 600-800 kpc). Therefore we speculate that the O VI absorbers are tracing different parts of same large-scale structure, presumably the circumgalactic medium (CGM) of the identified galaxy. Using sizes along and transverse to the line of sight, we estimate the size of the CGM to be R ∼ 330 kpc. The baryonic mass associated with this large CGM as traced by O VI absorption is ∼1.2x1011 M. A low ionization phase is detected in one of the O VI systems with near-solar metallicity (log Z = 0.20±0.20) and parsec scale size (llos∼ 6 pc), possibly tracing the neutral phase of a high-velocity cloud embedded within the CGM.

Abstract Copyright:

Journal keyword(s): galaxies: formation - quasars: absorption lines - quasars: individual (Q 0107-025A, Q 0107-025B)

Simbad objects: 3

goto Full paper

goto View the reference in ADS

To bookmark this query, right click on this link: simbad:2014ApJ...784....5M and select 'bookmark this link' or equivalent in the popup menu


© Université de Strasbourg/CNRS

    • Contact