Title: SGRS J0515-8100: A fat-double giant radio galaxy
Authors: Subrahmanyan, R ×
Hunstead, RW
Cox, Nicky
McIntyre, V #
Issue Date: Jan-2006
Publisher: University of Chicago Press for the American Astronomical Society
Series Title: Astrophysical Journal vol:636 issue:1 pages:172-180
Abstract: We present here the first detailed study of a giant radio galaxy of the fat-double type. The lobes of the double radio galaxy SGRS J0515 - 8100 have transverse widths that are 1.3 times their extent from the center, their surface brightness is the lowest among known giant radio sources, and the lobes have relatively steep radio spectra. We infer that these wide lobes were created as a result of a highly variable and intermittent jet whose axis direction also varied significantly: the fat-double lobes in this giant radio source are a result of the ejection and deposition of synchrotron plasma over a wide range of angles over time rather than the expansion of relic lobes. In addition, the optical host shows evidence for an ongoing galaxy-galaxy interaction. SGRS J0515 - 8100 supports the hypothesis that interactions with companions might perturb the inner accretion disk that produces and sustains the jets at the centers of active galactic nuclei. As a result, it appears unnecessary to invoke black hole coalescence to explain such morphologies, implying that the corresponding event rates predicted for gravitational wave detectors may be overestimates.
ISSN: 0004-637X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Non-KU Leuven Association publications
× corresponding author
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