Journal Article

The redshift distribution of absorption-line systems in QSO spectra

A. I. Ryabinkov, A. D. Kaminker and D. A. Varshalovich

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 376, issue 4, pages 1838-1848
Published in print April 2007 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online April 2007 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:

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A statistical analysis of the space–time distribution of absorption-line systems (ALSs) observed in QSO spectra within the cosmological redshift interval z= 0.0–3.7 is carried out on the base of our catalogue of absorption systems (Ryabinkov et al. 2003). We confirm our previous conclusion that the z-distribution of absorbing matter contains non-uniform component displaying a pattern of statistically significant alternating maxima (peaks) and minima (dips). Using the wavelet transformation, we determine the positions of the maxima and minima and estimate their statistical significance. The positions of the maxima and minima of the z-distributions obtained for different celestial hemispheres turn out to be weakly sensitive to orientations of the hemispheres. The data reveal a regularity (quasi-periodicity) of the sequence of the peaks and dips with respect to some rescaling functions of z. The same periodicity was found for the one-dimensional correlation function calculated for the sample of the ALSs under investigation. We assume the existence of a regular structure in the distribution of absorption matter, which is not only spatial but also temporal in nature with characteristic time varying within the interval 150–650 Myr for the cosmological model applied.

Keywords: galaxies: high-redshift; quasars: absorption lines

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Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics