Emission-line spectroscopy of Damped Lyαa systems: the case of ses 1543+593/HS 1543+5921

Regina E. Schulte-Ladbeck*, Brigitte König, Christopher J. Miller, Andrew M. Hopkins, Igor O. Drozdovsky, David A. Turnshek, Ulrich Hopp

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We report HST/STIS spectroscopy and Gemini/GMOS-N imaging of the Damped Lyα (DLA) system toward HS 1543+5921 caused by the host star-forming galaxy (SFG) SBS 1543+593. The Gemini image shows new morphological details of this well-resolved DLA galaxy. In combination with previous optical spectra, the new UV spectra enable us to compare, for the first time, ionized and neutral gas-phase α-element abundances derived from emission- and absorption-line spectroscopy, in a bona fide DLA galaxy. The abundances we determine using emission-line diagnostics agree with those from absorption-line diagnostics. We present our results on a metallicity versus redshift diagram that combines local H II regions and SFGs with high-redshift DLAs, and discuss implications for the chemical evolution of galaxies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L79-L82
Number of pages4
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Galaxies: abundances
  • Quasars: absorption lines


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