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2005A&A...442...63R - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 442, 63-68 (2005/10-4)

Intergalactic HeII absorption towards QSO 1157+3143.

REIMERS D., FECHNER C., HAGEN H.-J., JAKOBSEN P., TYTLER D. and KIRKMAN D.

Abstract (from CDS):

We report the discovery of a further line of sight allowing detection of HeII Lyα absorption by the intergalactic medium. A HST/STIS survey of 32 bright z∼3 quasars selected from the Hamburg Quasar Surveys yielded one detection toward QSO 1157+3143 (z∼3, B≃17). A 10 orbit follow-up spectrum reveals a UV spectrum significantly suppressed by two intervening Lyman limit systems at z=2.77 and 2.94, but with the continuum flux recovering sufficiently shortward of ∼1700Å to allow study of the HeII absorption spectrum in the redshift range 2.75≤z≤2.97. The absorption is characterized by alternating voids and dense filament structures seen in both HeII and HI. Attempts to model the HeII opacity in terms of HI Lyα forest absorption are not successful in the voids, suggesting that HeII reionization is not complete between z=2.77 and 2.97 or that an optically thin Lyman limit system with z≃0.3 is responsible for the additional opacity.

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Journal keyword(s): galaxies: quasars: individual: QSO 1157+3143 - galaxies: quasars: absorption lines - cosmology: observations

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