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A near-infrared view of the 3CR: properties of hosts and nuclei†

  • David Floyd (a1), Marco Chiaberge (a1), Eric S. Perlman (a2), Bill Sparks (a1), F. Duccio Macchetto (a1), Juan Madrid (a1), Stefi Baum (a3), Chris O'Dea (a3), David Axon (a3), Alice Quillen (a4), Alessandro Capetti (a5), George Miley (a6) and Stefano Tinarelli (a1)...

Abstract

The 3CR catalogue provides a statistical sampling of the most powerful radio galaxies out to z ∼ 0.3. Over the decade and a half of Hubble observations we have amassed a major multi-wavelength dataset on these sources, discovering amongst other things, new jets, hotspots, dust disks, and faint point-like nuclei. We present here the results of our latest snapshot survey, a near-complete sampling of the 3CR host galaxies at z < 0.3 in the near-IR (H-band). This un-extinguished view of the host galaxies has provided us with an accurate measure of the stellar/spheroid masses of the sources, and an unbiased view of their morphologies. We show that they exhibit an identical Kormendy relation to nearby QSO's and the massive Elliptical population, but are distinct from the Brightest Cluster Members, and mergers. We find that while a few sources exhibit signs of a recent or impending major merger, many more sources have remnants consistent with a gas-rich minor merger in their recent history. We detect unresolved nuclear sources in most (∼80%) of FRI, with their IR luminosities correlating linearly with radio core power. This implies that the IR nuclei are synchrotron radiation produced at the base of the relativistic jet, and confirms that no infrared (thermal) radiation in excess to synchrotron is present in FRIs, unlike in other classes of AGN.

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A near-infrared view of the 3CR: properties of hosts and nuclei†

  • David Floyd (a1), Marco Chiaberge (a1), Eric S. Perlman (a2), Bill Sparks (a1), F. Duccio Macchetto (a1), Juan Madrid (a1), Stefi Baum (a3), Chris O'Dea (a3), David Axon (a3), Alice Quillen (a4), Alessandro Capetti (a5), George Miley (a6) and Stefano Tinarelli (a1)...

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