Galaxy Evolution from QSO Absorption-Line Selected Samples
Although a connection between certain classes of QSO absorption line systems and gas associated with galaxies was hypothesized long ago, the first systematic evidence supporting this was provided by Bergeron & Boissé (1991). Observing QSOs with known MgII absorption lines at z abs < z QSO, they identified galaxies near the QSO sightline and spectroscopically confirmed that their redshifts matched those of the MgII absorption doublet.
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