RADIO-SOURCE ASYMMETRIES AND UNIFIED SCHEMES

P N BEST, D M BAILER, M S LONGAIR, J M RILEY

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Abstract

The angular asymmetries and relative separations of the hotspots of Fanaroff-Riley II (FRII) radio sources in a complete sample of 3CR sources have been used to study the effects of misalignment of the directions of ejection and the velocities of the hotspots. It is found that the observed distribution of asymmetry angles is consistent with unified schemes for radio galaxies and radio quasars and with the source components being ejected uniformly within an angle phi(max) of 6 degrees-7 degrees about the source axis. The separation quotients of the hotspots are also consistent with unified schemes, if the velocities of the hotspots have a broad distribution about a mean of 0.2 c, with values extending at least up to 0.4 c.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1171-1184
Number of pages14
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume275
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 1995

Keywords

  • GALAXIES, ACTIVE
  • GALAXIES, JETS
  • QUASARS, GENERAL
  • RADIO CONTINUUM, GALAXIES
  • VLA-OBSERVATIONS
  • REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLE
  • QUASARS
  • GALAXIES
  • EVOLUTION
  • EMISSION
  • BRIDGES
  • SPEEDS
  • CORES
  • MAPS

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