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2001AJ....121...21B THE DISTRIBUTION OF REDSHIFTS IN NEW SAMPLES OF QUASI-STELLAR OBJECTS G. BURBIDGE AND W. M. NAPIER Received 2000 June 26; accepted 2000 October 3 ABSTRACT Two new samples of QSOs have been constructed from recent surveys to test the hypothesis that the redshift distribution of bright QSOs is periodic in log (1 + z). The first of these comprises 57 different redshifts among all known close pairs or multiple QSOs with image separations <=10", and the second consists of 39 QSOs selected through their X-ray emission and their proximity to bright, comparatively nearby active galaxies. The redshift distributions of the samples are found to exhibit distinct peaks with a periodic separation of ~0.089 in log (1 + z) identical to that claimed in earlier samples, but now extended out to higher redshift peaks z = 2.63, 3.45, and 4.47, predicted by the formula but never seen before. The periodicity is also seen in a third sample, the 78 QSOs of the 3C and 3CR catalogs. It is present in these three data sets at a high overall significance level (~10-5) and appears not to be explicable by spectroscopic or similar selection effects. Possible interpretations are briefly discussed. Key words: large-scale structure of universe-quasars: general -quasars: emission lines
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