ORT observations of the damped Lyman α system towards PKS 0201 + 113

Kanekar, Nissim ; Chengalur, Jayaram N. (1997) ORT observations of the damped Lyman α system towards PKS 0201 + 113 Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 292 (4). pp. 831-834. ISSN 0035-8711

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We report a deep radio search with the Ooty Radio Telescope (ORT) for the redshifted 21 cm absorption line from the damped Lyman alpha system seen at redshift 3.388 against the quasar PKS 0201+113. This is currently the most distant system for which a detection of 21 cm absorption has been claimed. The present observations have a sensitivity comparable to the earlier ones and detect no statistically significant absorption. We use the non-detection to place an upper limit of ~ 0.011 on the optical depth of the damped Lyman alpha absorber. This corresponds to a lower limit of ~ 5600 K to the spin temperature of the system. This is considerably higher than the previous upper limit of ~ 1380 K.

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