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A young, dusty, compact radio source within a Lyα halo

F. Eugenio Barrio, Matt J. Jarvis, Steve Rawlings, Amanda Bauer, Steve Croft, Gary J. Hill, Arturo Manchado, Ross J. McLure, Daniel J. B. Smith and Thomas A. Targett

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 389, issue 2, pages 792-798
Published in print September 2008 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online September 2008 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
A young, dusty, compact radio source within a Lyα halo

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We report here on the discovery of a red quasar, J004929.4+351025.7 at a redshift of z= 2.48, situated within a large Lyα emission-line halo. The radio spectral energy distribution implies that the radio jets were triggered <104yr prior to the time at which the object is observed, suggesting that the jet triggering of the active galactic nucleus is recent. The loosely biconical structure of the emission-line halo suggests that it is ionized by photons emitted by the central quasar nucleus and that the central nucleus is obscured by a dusty torus with AV∼ 3.0. The large spatial extent of the Lyα halo relative to the radio emission means this could only have occurred if the radio jets emerged from an already established highly accreting black hole. This suggests that the radio jet triggering is delayed with respect to the onset of accretion activity on to the central supermassive black hole.

Keywords: galaxies: active; galaxies: haloes; galaxies: high-redshift; quasars: individual: J004929+351025

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Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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