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2010MNRAS.406..197B - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 406, 197-207 (2010/July-3)

Radio galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey: spectral index-environment correlations.


Abstract (from CDS):

We analyse optical and radio properties of radio galaxies detected in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. The sample of radio sources is selected from the catalogue of Kimball & Ivezi{cacute} with flux densities at 325, 1400 and 4850MHz, using Westerbork Northern Sky Survey, NRAO VLA Sky Survey and Green Bank 6 cm radio surveys and from flux measurements at 74MHz taken from Very Large Array Low-Frequency Sky Survey (Cohen et al. 2006). We study radio galaxy spectral properties using radio colour-colour diagrams and find that our sample follows a single power law from 74 to 4850MHz. The spectral index versus spectroscopic redshift relation is not significant for our sample of radio sources. We analyse a subsample of radio sources associated with clusters of galaxies identified from the maxBCG catalogue and find that about 40 per cent of radio sources with ultrasteep spectra (USS;, where) are associated with galaxy clusters or groups of galaxies. We construct a Hubble diagram of USS radio sources in the optical r band up to and compare our results with those for normal galaxies selected from different optical surveys and find that USS radio sources are around as luminous as the central galaxies in the maxBCG cluster sample and typically more than 4mag brighter than normal galaxies at.

We study correlations between spectral index, richness and luminosity of clusters associated with radio sources. We find that USS at low redshift are rare, most of them reside in regions of unusually high ambient density, such of those found in rich cluster of galaxies. Our results also suggest that clusters of galaxies associated with steeper than the average spectra have higher richness counts and are populated by luminous galaxies in comparison with those environments associated to radio sources with flatter than the average spectra. A plausible explanation for our results is that radio emission is more pressure confined in higher gas density environments such as those found in rich clusters of galaxies and as a consequence radio lobes in rich galaxy clusters will expand adiabatically and lose energy via synchrotron and inverse Compton losses, resulting in a steeper radio spectra.

Abstract Copyright: © 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2010 RAS

Journal keyword(s): surveys - galaxies: high-redshift - radio continuum: galaxies - radio continuum: general

VizieR on-line data: <Available at CDS (J/MNRAS/406/197): table1.dat>

CDS comments: Clusters SDSS-C4-DR3 3247 et [EAD2007] 200 Arcs pas identifies

Simbad objects: 137

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