# C II* Absorption in Damped Lyα Systems. II. A New Window on the Star Formation History of the Universe

@article{Wolfe2003CIA,
title={C II* Absorption in Damped Ly$\alpha$ Systems. II. A New Window on the Star Formation History of the Universe},
author={Arthur M. Wolfe and Eric Gawiser and Jason Xavier Prochaska},
journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
year={2003},
volume={593},
pages={235-257}
}
• Published 2 April 2003
• Physics
• The Astrophysical Journal
Starting from the star formation rate (SFR) per unit area, , determined for damped Lyα systems (DLAs) using the C II* method, we obtain the SFR per unit comoving volume, (z), at z ≈ 3. Pure warm neutral medium (WNM) solutions are ruled out since they generate more bolometric background radiation than observed, but the two-phase solutions dominated by the cold neutral medium (CNM) are consistent with the backgrounds. We find that (z) for DLAs agrees with the (z) for the Lyman break galaxies…
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