Astrophys. J., Suppl. Ser., 245, 3-3 (2019/November-0)
A search for intrinsic H I 21 cm and OH 18 cm absorption toward compact radio sources.
GRASHA K., DARLING J., BOLATTO A., LEROY A.K. and STOCKE J.T.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present the results of a large search for intrinsic H I 21 cm and OH 18 cm absorption in 145 compact radio sources in the redshift range 0.02 < z < 3.8 with the Green Bank Telescope. We redetect H I 21 cm absorption toward six known absorption systems, but detect no new H I or OH absorption in 102 interference-free sources. Seventy-nine sources have not previously been observed for H I 21 cm absorption. We recover a mean optical depth limit of τ3σ < 0.023 for all the nondetections in the survey. Our results do not support the high intrinsic absorption rates found by previous studies in compact radio sources at low redshift. Our results do, however, support the hypothesis proposed by Curran et al. that high ultraviolet (UV) luminosity active galactic nuclei do not show intrinsic H I 21 cm absorption, confirming a threshold of LUV = 1023 W Hz–1, above which our intrinsic absorption fraction is zero (54 sources). The exact nature of the UV luminosity effect on H I absorption systems remains ambiguous. We additionally find no statistical correlation between the 1.4 GHz radio luminosity or the source size and the 21 cm absorption detection rate. We attribute the lack of intrinsic absorption in our survey to the UV luminosity effect caused by an optical selection bias and a decreased column density sensitivity with increasing redshift due to lower radio continuum flux densities, high radio frequency interference, and higher telescope system temperatures at low frequencies.
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Radio sources - Quasar absorption line spectroscopy - Galaxy nuclei - Interstellar medium - Galaxies - Active galaxies
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