Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 361, 480-490 (2000/9-2)
Flat radio-spectrum galaxies and BL Lacs. I. Core properties.
DENNETT-THORPE J. and MARCHA M.J.
Abstract (from CDS):
This paper concerns the relationship of BL Lacs and flat-spectrum weak emission-line galaxies. We compare the weak emission-line galaxies and the BL Lacs in a sample of 57 flat-spectrum objects (Marcha et al., 1996MNRAS.281..425M), using high-frequency radio and non-thermal optical flux densities, spectral indices and polarization properties. We consider whether objects which are not `traditional' BL Lacs - due to their larger emission line strengths, and larger CaII spectral breaks - are simply starlight diluted BL Lacs. Their broad-band spectral properties are consistent with this interpretation, but their radio polarization may indicate more subtle effects. Comparison of the weak emission-line galaxies and the BL Lacs shows that, on average, the former have steeper spectra between 8 and 43GHz, and are less polarized at 8.4GHz. This is consistent with many of the weak-lined objects being at larger angles to the line of sight than the BL Lacs. In addition to this population, we indicate a number of the weak emission-line galaxies which may be `hidden BL Lacs': relativistically boosted objects very close to the line of sight with an apparently weak AGN.
galaxies: active - galaxies: BL Lacertae objects: general - galaxies: jets - galaxies: nuclei - radio continuum: galaxies