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ID: 731807.0, MPI für Astronomie / Publikationen_mpia
The evolution of neutral gas in damped Lyman α systems from the XQ-100 survey
Authors:Sánchez-Ramírez, R.; Ellison, S. L.; Prochaska, J. X.; Berg, T. A. M.; López, S.; D'Odorico, V.; Becker, G. D.; Christensen, L.; Cupani, G.; Denney, K. D.; Pâris, I.; Worseck, G.; Gorosabel, J.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2016
Title of Journal:Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue / Number:4
Start Page:4488
End Page:4505
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:We present a sample of 38 intervening damped Lyman α (DLA) systems identified towards 100 z > 3.5 quasars, observed during the XQ-100 survey. The XQ-100 DLA sample is combined with major DLA surveys in the literature. The final combined sample consists of 742 DLAs over a redshift range approximately 1.6 < zabs < 5.0. We develop a novel technique for computing Ω_{H I}^DLA as a continuous function of redshift, and we thoroughly assess and quantify the sources of error therein, including fitting errors and incomplete sampling of the high column density end of the column density distribution function. There is a statistically significant redshift evolution in Ω_{H I}^DLA (≥3σ) from z ˜ 2 to z ˜ 5. In order to make a complete assessment of the redshift evolution of Ω_{H I}, we combine our high-redshift DLA sample with absorption surveys at intermediate redshift and 21-cm emission line surveys of the local universe. Although Ω_{H I}^DLA, and hence its redshift evolution, remains uncertain in the intermediate-redshift regime (0.1 < zabs < 1.6), we find that the combination of high-redshift data with 21-cm surveys of the local universe all yield a statistically significant evolution in Ω_{H I} from z ˜ 0 to z ˜ 5 (≥3σ). Despite its statistical significance, the magnitude of the evolution is small: a linear regression fit between Ω_{H I} and z yields a typical slope of ˜0.17 × 10-3, corresponding to a factor of ˜4 decrease in Ω_{H I} between z = 5 and z = 0.
Free Keywords:galaxies: evolution; galaxies: formation; quasars: absorption lines; cosmology: observations
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Astronomie
Identifiers:ISSN:0035-8711 %R 10.1093/mnras/stv2732
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