Astrophys. J., 897, 164-164 (2020/July-2)
Mid-infrared diagnostics of the circumnuclear environments of the youngest radio galaxies.
KOSMACZEWSKI E., STAWARZ L., SIEMIGINOWSKA A., CHEUNG C.C., OSTORERO L., SOBOLEWSKA M., KOZIEL-WIERZBOWSKA D., WOJTOWICZ A. and MARCHENKO V.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present a systematic analysis of the mid-infrared (MIR) properties of the youngest radio galaxies, based on low-resolution data provided by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer and IRAS satellites. We restrict our analysis to sources with available X-ray data that constitute the earliest phase of radio galaxy evolution, i.e., those classified as gigahertz-peaked spectrum and/or compact symmetric objects. In our sample of 29 objects, we find that the host galaxies are predominantly red/yellow ellipticals, with some of them displaying distorted morphology. We find a variety of MIR colors and observe that the sources in which the MIR emission is dominated by the ISM component uniformly populate the region occupied by galaxies with a wide range of pronounced (>=0.5M☉ yr–1) star formation activity. We compare the MIR color distribution in our sample to that in the general population of local active galactic nuclei (AGNs), in the population of evolved FR II radio galaxies, and also in the population of radio galaxies with recurrent jet activity. We conclude that the triggering of radio jets in AGNs does not differentiate between elliptical hosts with substantially different fractions of young stars; instead, there is a relationship between the jet duty cycle and the ongoing star formation. The distribution of the subsample of our sources with z < 0.4 on the low-resolution MIR versus absorption-corrected X-ray luminosity plane is consistent with the distribution of a sample of local AGNs. Finally, we comment on the star formation rates of the two γ-ray-detected sources in our sample, 1146+596 and 1718-649.
© 2020. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
Interstellar medium - Active galactic nuclei - Radio jets - Infrared astronomy - X-ray astronomy - Galaxy evolution - Radio galaxies
View the reference in ADS
To bookmark this query, right click on this link: simbad:2020ApJ...897..164K and select 'bookmark this link' or equivalent in the popup menu