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Early stages of radio galaxy evolution


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Early stages of radio galaxy evolution

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dc.contributor.author Tremblay, Steven
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-31T16:35:20Z
dc.date.available 2011-08-31T16:35:20Z
dc.date.issued 2011-08-31
dc.date.submitted July 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/13178
dc.description.abstract Though active galaxies have been studied since the inception of radio astronomy, there remain several large gaps in our understanding. Chief among these, is how the jets possessed by the radio loud variety are ignited. A sub-population of radio galaxies known as compact symmetric objects (CSOs) seem to possess newly formed radio jets (100s to 1000s years old). Selecting these sources from the VLBA Imaging and Polarimetry Survey (VIPS), a survey of over 1000 compact radio sources, yields the opportunity to establish an understanding of these sources and what might have caused their recent radio activity. Starting with the VIPS survey we identified 120 CSO candidates, and then performed multi-frequency followup observations to either confirm or deny them as CSOs. We have confirmed 24 CSOs within VIPS and 33 candidates remain. Two of the newly identified CSOs exhibit linearly polarized emission, a rare property within the class. The statistics of the VIPS CSO sample are also investigated to shed light on these nascent radio galaxies. Detailed analysis was performed on two particular sources, the newly classified CSO J11584+2450 and complicated core-jet J16021+3326, in identifying these atypical sources. The observations of CSOs are interpreted within the AGN unification paradigm. The observations of HI absorption toward their cores and polarization of CSOs both tentatively support unification. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship National Radio Astronomy Observatory en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Astrophysics en_US
dc.subject Active Galaxies en_US
dc.subject Radio Astronomy en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Radio galaxies.
dc.subject.lcsh Galaxies--Evolution.
dc.subject.lcsh Radio sources (Astronomy)
dc.subject.lcsh Astrophysical jets.
dc.title Early stages of radio galaxy evolution en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree Steven Tremblay en_US
dc.description.level Doctoral en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of Physics & Astronomy en_US
dc.description.advisor Taylor, Gregory
dc.description.committee-member Pihlstrom, Ylva
dc.description.committee-member Walker, R. Craig
dc.description.committee-member Henning, Patricia

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