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Steady State theory dead

Data from the Sloan Sky Survey show that quasars and galaxy associations are random.
There's no solid evidence for any non-AGN process behind QSO phenomena, just random statistical coincidences.
This is another, and hopefully final, nail in the coffin for the Steady State theory.

Critical Examinations of QSO Redshift Periodicities and Associations with Galaxies in Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data
Su Min Tang, Shuang Nan Zhang

We have used the publicly available data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and 2dF QSO Redshift Survey to test the hypothesis that QSOs are ejected from active galaxies with periodic non-cosmological redshifts.
For two different intrinsic redshift models, namely the Karlsson log(1 + z) model and Bellís decreasing intrinsic redshift (DIR) model, we do two tests respectively.
First, using different criteria, we generate four sets of QSO-galaxy pairs and find there is no evidence for a periodicity at the predicted frequency in log(1 + z), or at any other frequency.
We then check the relationship between high redshift QSOs and nearby active galaxies, and we find the distribution of projected distance between high redshift QSOs and nearby active galaxies and the distribution of redshifts of those active galaxies are consistent with a distribution of simulated random pairs, completely different from Bellís previous conclusion.
We also analyze the periodicity in redshifts of QSOs, and no periodicity is found in high completeness samples, contrary to the DIR model.
These results support that QSOs are not ejected from active galaxies.

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