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90 GHz observations of M87 and Hydra A

Cotton, W. D., Mason, B. S., Dicker, S. R., Korngut, P. M., Devlin, M. J., Aquirre, J., Benford, D. J., Moseley, S. H., Staguhn, J. G., Irwin, K. D. and Ade, Peter A. R. 2009. 90 GHz observations of M87 and Hydra A. Astrophysical Journal 701 (2) , p. 1872. 10.1088/0004-637X/701/2/1872

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This paper presents new observations of the active galactic nuclei M87 and Hydra A at 90 GHz made with the MUSTANG array on the Green Bank Telescope at 85 resolution. A spectral analysis is performed combining this new data and archival VLA7The VLA is operated by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, which is a facility of the National Science Foundation, operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc. data on these objects at longer wavelengths. This analysis can detect variations in spectral index and curvature expected from energy losses in the radiating particles. M87 shows only weak evidence for steepening of the spectrum along the jet suggesting either re-acceleration of the relativistic particles in the jet or insufficient losses to affect the spectrum at 90 GHz. The jets in Hydra A show strong steepening as they move from the nucleus suggesting unbalanced losses of the higher energy relativistic particles. The difference between these two sources may be accounted for by the lengths over which the jets are observable, 2 kpc for M87 and 45 kpc for Hydra A.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Uncontrolled Keywords: galaxies: active; galaxies: jets; galaxies: individual (M87, Hydra A); radio continuum: galaxies
Publisher: IOP Publishing
ISSN: 0004-637X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:11

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