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2001MNRAS.326.1563J - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 326, 1563-1584 (2001/October-1)

A sample of 6C radio sources designed to find objects at redshift z > 4 - II. Spectrophotometry and emission-line properties.

JARVIS M.J., RAWLINGS S., LACY M., BLUNDELL K.M., BUNKER A.J., EALES S., SAUNDERS R., SPINRAD H., STERN D. and WILLOTT C.J.

Abstract (from CDS):

This is the second in a series of three papers that present and interpret basic observational data on the 6C* 151-MHz radio sample: a low-frequency selected sample that exploits filtering criteria based on radio properties (steep spectral index and small angular size) to find radio sources at redshift {formmu8} within a 0.133-sr patch of sky. We present results of a programme of optical spectroscopy that has yielded redshifts in the range {formmu9} for the 29 sources in the sample, all but six of which are secure. We find that the filtering criteria used for 6C* are very effective in excluding the low-redshift, low-luminosity radio sources: the median redshift of 6C* is {formmu10} compared with {formmu11} for a complete sample matched in 151-MHz flux density. By combining the emission-line data set for the 6C* radio sources with those for the 3CRR, 6CE and 7CRS samples we establish that {formmu12} radio galaxies follow a rough proportionality between Lyα and 151-MHz luminosity, which, like similar correlations seen in samples of lower redshift radio sources, is indicative of a primary link between the power in the source of the photoionizing photons (most likely a hidden quasar nucleus) and the power carried by the radio jets. We argue that radio sources modify their environments and that the range of emission-line properties seen is determined more by the range of source age than by the range in ambient environment. The smallest {formmu13} radio galaxies have all the properties expected if the size distribution of luminous high-redshift steep-spectrum radio sources reflects a broad range (∼2dex) of source ages with a narrower range (≲1.5dex) of environmental densities, namely: (1) high-ionization lines, e.g. Lyα, of relatively low luminosity; (2) boosted low-ionization lines, e.g. Cii]; (3) spatially compact emission-line regions; and (4) Hi-absorbed Lyα profiles. This is in accord with the idea that all high-redshift, high-luminosity radio sources are triggered in similar environments, presumably recently collapsed massive structures.

Abstract Copyright: The Royal Astronomical Society

Journal keyword(s): galaxies: active - radio continuum: galaxies

Simbad objects: 34

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