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Hsiao‐Wen Chen, Kenneth M. Lanzetta, Alberto Fernandez‐Soto
2000 Astrophysical Journal  
The Hubble Deep Field images have provided us with a unique chance to relate statistical properties of high-redshift galaxies to statistical properties of absorption systems. Combining an empirical measure of the galaxy surface density versus redshift with an empirical measure of the gaseous extent of galaxies, we predict the number density of absorption systems that originate in extended gaseous envelopes of galaxies versus redshift. We show that at least 50 of W0.32 Å can be explained by
more » ... ded gaseous envelops of galaxies. Therefore, we conclude that known galaxies of known gaseous extent must produce a significant fraction and perhaps all of absorption systems over a large redshift range.
doi:10.1086/308669 fatcat:h7gtnzr2qjhlbjzno76xo4lqo4