We present our investigation into the physical conditions of the gas in five intervening quasar absorption-line systems along the line of sight toward the quasar PG 0117+213, with redshifts of z = 0.57, 0.72, 1.04, 1.32, and 1.34. Photoionization modeling of Hubble Space Telescope, Keck I, and Palomar data, using the code Cloudy, is employed to derive densities and metallicities of the multiple phases of gas required to fit the absorption profile for each system. We discuss the implications of these models for galaxy evolution, including the interpretation of "C iv deficiency" and damped Lyα absorbers (DLAs), and the relationships between galaxy morphology, galaxy luminosity, and absorption signature.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science