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The dependence of C IV broad absorption line properties on accompanying Si IV and al III absorption: Relating quasar-wind ionization levels, kinematics, and column densities

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  • N. Filiz Ak
  • W. N. Brandt
  • P. B. Hall
  • D. P. Schneider
  • J. R. Trump
  • S. F. Anderson
  • F. Hamann
  • Adam D. Myers
  • I. Pâris
  • P. Petitjean
  • Nic Ross
  • Yue Shen
  • Don York

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Original languageEnglish
Article number88
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2014


We consider how the profile and multi-year variability properties of a large sample of C IV Broad Absorption Line (BAL) troughs change when BALs from Si IV and/or Al III are present at corresponding velocities, indicating that the line of sight intercepts at least some lower ionization gas. We derive a number of observational results for C IV BALs separated according to the presence or absence of accompanying lower ionization transitions, including measurements of composite profile shapes, equivalent width (EW), characteristic velocities, composite variation profiles, and EW variability. We also measure the correlations between EW and fractional-EW variability for C IV, Si IV, and Al III. Our measurements reveal the basic correlated changes between ionization level, kinematics, and column density expected in accretion-disk wind models; e.g., lines of sight including lower ionization material generally show deeper and broader C IV troughs that have smaller minimum velocities and that are less variable. Many C IV BALs with no accompanying Si IV or Al III BALs may have only mild or no saturation.

    Research areas

  • quasars: absorption lines

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