Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 399, 511-517 (2003/2-4)
B2 0648+27: A radio galaxy in a major merger.
MORGANTI R., OOSTERLOO T.A., CAPETTI A., DE RUITER H.R., FANTI R., PARMA P., TADHUNTER C.N. and WILLS K.A.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present WSRT observations of the neutral hydrogen in the nearby radio galaxy B2 0648+27. In emission, we detect a very large amount of HI (MHI=1.1x1010M☉) that is distributed in a very extended disk, or ring-like structure, of about 160 kpc in size. We also detect HI absorption against the central radio continuum component. The detection of the HI, its structure and kinematics, give us key information for building a possible evolutionary scenario. The characteristics of the detected HI are explained as the result of a major merger event that is likely to have occurred ≲109yr ago. Interestingly, we find that, when observed in radio continuum at higher resolution, this galaxy has a double lobed, steep spectrum structure of about 1kpc in size. Thus, despite its low radio power, B2 0648+27 bears striking similarities with Compact Symmetric Objects, i.e. objects believed to represent the early phase of radio galaxies (≲few thousand yrs old). B2 0648+27 is one of the few nearby radio galaxies where extended neutral hydrogen has been detected so far. This, and other recent results, appear however to indicate that nearby radio galaxies are more often gas rich than commonly assumed. The phenomena described are likely to be much more common at high redshift and galaxies like B2 0648+27 may provide valuable information on the evolution of high redshift radio sources.
galaxies: ISM - galaxies: active - radio lines: galaxies
Table 2: [MOC2003] JHHMM+DDMM N=3.
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