THE QUASAR Q0051-279 AS A STAR

Varshni,Y.P: 1988, Bull.Amer.Phys.Soc., 33, 1184.

Recently Warren et al. (1987, Nature, 330, 453) Have found a quasar, Q0051-279, with two broad emission lines at 6740 . The spectrum was observed in the interval 5400-9500 . Assuming the redshift hypothesis, these authors have identified these lines with N V 1240 and C IV 1549 resulting in a 'redshift' of 4.43. Ly-alpha 1216 appears to be absent. If these identifications are correct, they clearly throw in doubt previous 'redshifts' which are based primarily on Ly-alpha. We have proposed a theory of quasars (Varshni, 1973, 1974a, 1974b, 1975, 1977, 1979 and 1985) according to which there are no redshifts in quasars, the strength of the lines being due to laser action. In the framework of this theory, we identify the two lines as C III 6730, 6744 and C II 8413 . We expect that in the visible region C III 4650 should show up.


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