Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 450, 1123-1135 (2015/June-2)
VLBI survey of compact broad absorption line quasars with balnicity index BI = 0.
CEGLOWSKI M., KUNERT-BAJRASZEWSKA M. and ROSKOWINSKI C.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present high-resolution observations, using both the European VLBI Network (EVN) at 1.7GHz and the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) at 5 and 8.4GHz, to image radio structures of 14 compact sources classified as broad absorption line (BAL) quasars based on the absorption index (AI). All sources but one were resolved, with the majority showing core-jet morphology typical for radio-loud quasars. We discuss in detail the most interesting cases. The high radio luminosities and small linear sizes of the observed objects indicate they are strong young active galactic nuclei. Nevertheless, the distribution of the radio-loudness parameter, logRI, of a larger sample of AI quasars shows that the objects observed by us constitute the most luminous, small subgroup of the AI population. Additionally, we report that for the radio-loudness parameter, the distribution of AI quasars and that for those selected using the traditional balnicity index differ significantly. Strong absorption is connected with lower logRI and thus probably larger viewing angles. Since the AI quasars have on average larger logRI, the orientation can mean that we see them less absorbed. However, we suggest that the orientation is not the only parameter that affects the detected absorption. That the strong absorption is associated with the weak radio emission is equally important and worth exploring.
© 2015 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society (2015)
galaxies: active - galaxies: evolution - quasars: absorption lines
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