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Title:
The jet and filaments in Cygnus A
Authors:
Perley, R. A.; Dreher, J. W.; Cowan, J. J.
Affiliation:
AA(National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Socorro, NM), AB(MIT, Cambridge, MA), AC(Oklahoma, University, Norman, OK)
Publication:
Astrophysical Journal, Part 2 - Letters to the Editor (ISSN 0004-637X), vol. 285, Oct. 1, 1984, p. L35-L38. (ApJL Homepage)
Publication Date:
10/1984
Category:
Astrophysics
Origin:
STI
NASA/STI Keywords:
Astronomical Spectroscopy, Galactic Structure, Plasma Jets, Radio Galaxies, Interferometry, Radiant Flux Density, Spectral Energy Distribution
DOI:
10.1086/184360
Bibliographic Code:
1984ApJ...285L..35P

Abstract

Multiconfiguration VLA observations of Cygnus A at 1.4 and 5 GHz have been used to produce detailed maps of exceptional dynamic range. A radio jet extends from the core into the northwest lobe. The broad radio lobes reveal an unexpected wealth of filamentary structure. Two new hot spots are identified. The pressure of the cluster gas in which Cyg A is embedded appears to be insufficient to confine either the jet or the filaments. From the necessarily high mechanical luminosity of the jet and the high energy densities of the hot spots, it is concluded that the jet is probably relativistic. The surface brightness of the jet is high in absolute terms, but the total radiated power of the jet is only 0.001 of that of the whole source.

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