The flux auto- and cross-correlation of the Lyα forest. I. Spectroscopy of QSO pairs with arcminute separations and similar redshifts

Andrew R. Marble, Kristoefer A. Eriksen, Chris D. Impey, Bai Lei, Lance Miller

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Abstract

The Lyα forest has opened a new redshift regime for cosmological investigation. At z > 2 it provides a unique probe of cosmic geometry and an independent constraint on dark energy that is not subject to standard candle or ruler assumptions. In Paper I of this series on using the Lya forest observed in pairs of QSOs for a new application of the Alcock-Paczynski test, we present and discuss the results of a campaign to obtain moderate-resolution spectroscopy (FWHM ≃ 2.5 Å) of the Lyα forest in pairs of QSOs with small redshift differences (Δz < 0.25, z > 2.2) and arc-minute separations (θ < 5′). This data set, composed of seven individual QSOs, 35 pairs, and one triplet, is also well suited for future investigations of the coherence of Lya absorbers on ∼1 Mpc transverse scales and the transverse proximity effect. We note seven revisions for previously published QSO identifications and/or redshifts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-47
Number of pages19
JournalAstrophysical Journal, Supplement Series
Volume175
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2008

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Keywords

  • Cosmology: observations
  • Errata, addenda
  • Intergalactic medium
  • Quasars: absorption lines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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