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Paper: Highly Ionized High-Velocity Clouds
Volume: 166, Stromlo Workshop on High-Velocity Clouds
Page: 180
Authors: Sembach, Kenneth R.; Savage, Blair D.; Lu, Limin; Murphy, Edward M.
Abstract: We have recently used the Hubble Space Telescope to study a pair of high velocity clouds in the direction of Mrk 509 that have unusual ionization properties. They exhibit strong \civ absorption with little or no low ion absorption or hi\ 21 cm emission. As the closest known analog to the outer diffuse halos of damped Ly alpha absorbers and the low N(hi) metal line absorption systems seen in the spectra of high redshift quasars, these ``chvcs'' may shed new light on the origins of some HVCs, as well as present opportunities for comparing absorption due to intergalactic gas in the local universe with absorption in moderate-high redshift gas clouds. The chvcs have ionization properties consistent with photoionization by extragalactic background radiation and a location within the Local Group. The presence of weak hhvcs\ detected through 21 cm emission within 2 deg of the sight line suggests that the chvcs trace extended, ionized, low density regions of the hhvcs. In this article we summarize the results of our study of the chvcs and suggest additional observations that would test the hypothesis of an intergalactic location for the clouds.
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