6C radio galaxies at z similar to 1: the influence of radio power on the alignment effect

K J Inskip, P N Best, M S Longair

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Powerful radio galaxies often display enhanced optical/UV continuum emission and extended emission line regions, elongated and aligned with the radio jet axis. The expansion of the radio source strongly affects the gas clouds in the surrounding IGM, and the kinematic and ionization properties of the extended emission line regions display considerable variation over the lifetime of individual sources, as well as with cosmic epoch. We present the results of deep rest-frame UV and optical imaging and UV spectroscopy of high redshift 6C radio galaxies. The interdependence of the host galaxy and radio source properties are discussed, considering: (i) the relative contribution of shocks associated with the expanding radio source to the observed emission line gas kinematics, and their effect on the ionization state of the gas; (ii) the similarities and differences between the morphologies of the host galaxies and aligned emission for a range of radio source powers; and (iii) the influence of radio power on the strength of the observed alignment effect. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-260
Number of pages6
JournalNew Astronomy Reviews
Issue number4-5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2003


  • galaxies : active
  • galaxies : evolution
  • radio continuum : galaxies


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