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Title: HST/COS detection of deuterated molecular hydrogen in a damped Lyα system at z = 0.18

We report on the detection of deuterated molecular hydrogen, HD, at z = 0.18. HD and H{sub 2} are detected in HST/COS data of a low-metallicity (Z ∼ 0.07 Z {sub ☉}) damped Lyα (DLA) system at z = 0.18562 toward QSO B0120–28, with log N(H I) = 20.50 ± 0.10. Four absorption components are clearly resolved in H{sub 2}, while two components are resolved in HD; the bulk of the molecular hydrogen is associated with the components traced by HD. We find total column densities log N(HD) = 14.82 ± 0.15 and log N(H{sub 2}) = 20.00 ± 0.10. This system has a high molecular fraction, f(H{sub 2}) = 0.39 ± 0.10, and a low HD-to-H{sub 2} ratio, log (HD/2H{sub 2}) = –5.5 ± 0.2 dex. The excitation temperature, T {sub 01} = 65 ± 2 K, in the component containing the bulk of the molecular gas is lower than in other DLAs. These properties are unlike those in other higher redshift DLA systems known to contain HD, but are consistent with what is observed in dense clouds in the Milky Way.
Authors:
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  1. Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD 21218 (United States)
  2. Saint Michael's College, Colchester, VT 05439 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22351385
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 783; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ABSORPTION; DETECTION; EXCITATION; GAMMA-GAMMA LOGGING; HYDROGEN; METALLICITY; MILKY WAY; MOLECULES; QUASARS; RED SHIFT