ON THE MEASUREMENTS OF D/H IN QSO ABSORPTION SYSTEMS: Closing in on the primordial abundance of deuterium

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Abstract

We present our measurements of the deuterium to hydrogen ratio (D/H) in QSO absorption systems, which give D/H = 3.40 ± 0.25 × 10−5 based on analysis of four independent systems. We discuss the properties of two systems which provide the strongest constraints on D/H. We outline the systematic effects involved in measurements of D/H and introduce a sophisticated method of analysis which properly accounts for these effects.

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