AAS 204th Meeting, June 2004
Session 91 Young Galaxies and Evolution in the Early Universe
Oral, Thursday, June 3, 2004, 2:00-3:30pm, 603/605/607

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[91.04] The Evolution of Damped Lyman-alpha Galaxies

V. P. Kulkarni (University of South Carolina), J. T. Lauroesch (Northwestern University), S. M. Fall (Space Telescope Science Institute), D. G. York (University of Chicago), P. Khare (Utkal University), D. E. Welty, J. W. Truran (University of Chicago)

Studies of the evolution of damped Lyman-alpha (DLA) absorbers in quasar spectra are believed to offer important constraints on the history of star formation and heavy element production in galaxies. We report recent observations of DLAs and determinations of element abundances in these DLAs. We discuss the implications of our results for the evolution of DLAs and the evolution of galaxies, in general.

This work was supported in part by the NSF grant AST-0206197 to University of South Carolina Research Foundation, the NASA/STScI grant GO-9441, and the NASA/LTSA grant NAG5-11413 to University of Chicago.

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