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The inverse Compton X-ray-emitting lobes of the high-redshift giant radio galaxy 6C 0905+39

M. C. Erlund, A. C. Fabian and Katherine M. Blundell

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 386, issue 4, pages 1774-1780
Published in print June 2008 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online April 2008 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2008.13209.x
The inverse Compton X-ray-emitting lobes of the high-redshift giant radio galaxy 6C 0905+39

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We present new XMM–Newton data of the high-redshift (z= 1.883), Mpc-sized giant radio galaxy 6C 0905+39. The larger collecting area and longer observation time for our new data means that we can better characterize the extended X-ray emission, in particular its spectrum, which arises from cosmic microwave background photons scattered into the X-ray band by the energetic electrons in the spent synchrotron plasma of the (largely) radio-quiet lobes of 6C 0905+39. We calculate the energy that its jet-ejected plasma has dumped into its surroundings in the last 3 × 107yr and discuss the impact that similar, or even more extreme, examples of spent, radio-quiet lobes would have on their surroundings. Interestingly, there is an indication that the emission from the hotspots is softer than the rest of the extended emission and the core, implying it is due to synchrotron emission. We confirm our previous detection of the low-energy turnover in the eastern hotspot of 6C 0905+39.

Keywords: X-rays: individual: 6C 0905+39

Journal Article.  5439 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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