Journal Article

Radio properties of the Shapley Concentration — II. J1324-3138: a remnant of a radio galaxy in the Abell cluster A3556?

T. Venturi, S. Bardelli, R. Morganti and R. W. Hunstead

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 298, issue 4, pages 1113-1122
Published in print August 1998 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online August 1998 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-8711.1998.01726.x
Radio properties of the Shapley Concentration — II. J1324-3138: a remnant of a radio galaxy in the Abell cluster A3556?

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In this paper we present a detailed study of the radio galaxy J1324-3138, located at a projected distance of 2 arcmin from the centre of the Abell cluster of galaxies A3556, belonging to the core of the Shapley Concentration, at an average redshift of z = 0.05. We have observed J1324-3138 over a wide range of frequencies: at 327 MHz (VLA), 843 MHz (MOST), and at 1376, 2382, 4790 and 8640 MHz (ATCA).

Our analysis suggests that J1324-3138 is a remnant of a tailed radio galaxy, in which the nuclear engine has switched off and the radio source is now at a late stage of its evolution, confined by the intracluster gas. The radio galaxy is not in pressure equilibrium with the external medium, as is often found for extended radio sources in clusters of galaxies. We favour the hypothesis that the lack of observed polarized radio emission in the source is a result of Faraday rotation by a foreground screen, i.e. the source is seen through a dense cluster gas, characterized by a random magnetic field.

An implication of the head-tail nature of the source is that J1324-3138 is moving away from the core of A3556 and that, possibly, a major merging event between the core of A3556 and the subgroup hosting J1324-3138 has already taken place.

Keywords: galaxies: clusters: individual: Abell 3556; galaxies: individual: J1324-3138; radio continuum: galaxies

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Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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