On the scarcity of redshifted OH and millimetre-band molecular absorption

@article{Curran2021OnTS,
  title={On the scarcity of redshifted OH and millimetre-band molecular absorption},
  author={Stephen J. Curran},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
  year={2021}
}
  • S. Curran
  • Published 15 September 2021
  • Physics
  • Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Despite much searching, redshifted decimetre- and millimetre-band absorption by molecular gas remains very rare, limited to just six systems at zabs ≳ 0.05. Detection of these transitions can yield precise diagnostics of the conditions of the star-forming gas in the earlier Universe, the hydroxyl (OH) radical being of particular interest as in the λ = 18 cm ground state there are four different transitions located close to neutral hydrogen 21- cm and thus detectable with the Square Kilometre… Expand

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