The Hubble Space Telescope Quasar Absorption Line Key Project: The Unusual Absorption-Line System in the Spectrum of PG 2302+029---Ejected or Intervening?
We report the discovery of a high-ionization broad absorption line system at a redshift of zabs = 0.695 in the spectrum of the zem = 1.052 radio-quiet quasar PG 2302+029. Broad absorption with FWHM from 3000 to 5000 km s-1 is detected from C IV, N V, and O VI in Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Faint Object Spectrograph spectra of the quasar. A narrow-line system (FWHM ~ 250 km s-1) at zabs = 0.7016 is resolved from the broad blend and includes absorption by Ly alpha and the C IV, N V, and O VI doublets. No absorption by low-ionization metal species (e.g., Si II and Mg II) is detected in the HST or ground-based spectra for either the broad or the narrow system. The centroids of the broad system lines are displaced by ~56,000 km s-1 to the blue of the quasar's broad emission lines. The reddest extent of the broad-line absorption is more than 50,000 km s-1 from the quasar. The properties of this system are unprecedented, whether it is an intervening or an ejected system.
The Astrophysical Journal
- Pub Date:
- October 1996
- COSMOLOGY: OBSERVATIONS;
- GALAXIES: CLUSTERS: GENERAL;
- GALAXIES: INTERGALACTIC MEDIUM;
- GALAXIES: QUASARS: INDIVIDUAL ALPHANUMERIC: PG 2302+029;
- GALAXIES: QUASARS: ABSORPTION LINES;
- 9 pages, LaTeX file, two postscript figures. Accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. Changes include removing TeX macros from abstract