A 98 per cent spectroscopically complete sample of the most powerful equatorial radio sources at 408 MHz

P N Best, H J A Rottgering, M D Lehnert

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Abstract

A new sample of very powerful radio galaxies is defined from the Molonglo Reference Catalogue, according to the criteria S-408 MHz > 5 Jy, -30 degrees less than or equal to delta less than or equal to 10 degrees and \b\ greater than or equal to 10 degrees. The sample is selected to have similar properties to the northern 3CR revised sample, and to be visible to a combination of existing northern telescopes such as the Very Large Array radio interferometer and large southern hemisphere telescope facilities. The sample contains 178 sources, of which spectroscopic redshifts are available in the literature for 128. For the remaining 50 sources, new radio imaging, optical imaging and spectroscopic observations are presented to identify the host galaxies and determine their redshifts. With these new observations the total sample is 100 per cent optically identified and redshifts are available for 174 (98 per cent) of the sources. The sample consists of one starburst galaxy, one Seyfert galaxy, 127 radio galaxies and 49 quasars. Basic properties of the sample, such as the distributions of the quasar and radio-galaxy populations in redshift and their locations on the radio power versus linear size (P-D) diagram, show no significant differences from the revised 3CR sample. The equatorial location and the high spectroscopic completeness of this sample make it a valuable resource for detailed studies of the nature and environments of these important objects with the new generation of southern hemisphere telescopes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-254
Number of pages32
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume310
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1999

Keywords

  • catalogues
  • galaxies : active
  • galaxies : distances and redshifts
  • quasars : emission lines
  • radio continuum : galaxies
  • MOLONGLO-REFERENCE-CATALOG
  • PARKES SELECTED REGIONS
  • ACTIVE GALACTIC NUCLEI
  • STEEP-SPECTRUM SOURCES
  • HIGH-RESOLUTION MAPS
  • REVISED 3C CATALOG
  • OPTICAL IDENTIFICATIONS
  • VLA OBSERVATIONS
  • GALAXY IDENTIFICATIONS
  • REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLE

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