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2001AJ....122.1661F - Astron. J., 122, 1661-1668 (2001/September-0)

Compact symmetric objects as radio flux density calibrators.


Abstract (from CDS):

We present results from the first intensive monitoring campaign of a sample of compact symmetric objects (CSOs). We observed seven CSOs at 8.5 GHz over a period of eight months, with an average spacing between observations of 2.7 days. Our results show that, as predicted, the flux densities of the CSOs are extremely stable; the mean rms variability of the sample was 0.7% in flux density. The low variability of the CSOs makes them excellent flux density calibrators at this frequency. We recommend that at least four CSOs be included in any VLA monitoring campaign that requires precise epoch-to-epoch calibration, such as those to measure gravitational lens time delays. The CSO data enable the correction of small systematic errors in the primary flux calibration.

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Journal keyword(s): Galaxies: General - Radio Continuum - Techniques: Photometric

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