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Title: Environments of extended radio sources in the Australia telescope low-brightness survey.
Authors: Thorat, K.
Saripalli, Lakshmi
Subrahmanyan, Ravi
Keywords: galaxies: evolution
galaxies: photometry
radio continuum
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Citation: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2013, Vol. 434, p2877-91
Abstract: We present a study of the environments of extended radio sources in the Australia Telescope Low Brightness Survey (ATLBS). The radio sources were selected from the Extended Source Sample (ATLBS-ESS), which is a well defined sample containing the most extended of radio sources in the ATLBS sky survey regions. The environments were analyzed using 4-m CTIO Blanco telescope observations carried out for ATLBS fields in the SDSS ${\rm r}^{\prime}$ band. We have estimated the properties of the environments using smoothed density maps derived from galaxy catalogs constructed using these optical imaging data. The angular distribution of galaxy density relative to the axes of the radio sources has been quantified by defining anisotropy parameters that are estimated using a new method presented here. Examining the anisotropy parameters for a sub-sample of extended double radio sources that includes all sources with pronounced asymmetry in lobe extents, we find good evidence for environmental anisotropy being the dominant cause for lobe asymmetry in that higher galaxy density occurs almost always on the side of the shorter lobe, and this validates the usefulness of the method proposed and adopted here. The environmental anisotropy parameters have been used to examine and compare the environments of FRI and FRII radio sources in two redshift regimes ($z<0.5$ and $z>0.5$). Wide-angle tail sources and Head-tail sources lie in the most overdense environments. The Head-tail source environments (for the HT sources in our sample) display dipolar anisotropy in that higher galaxy density appears to lie in the direction of the tails. Excluding the Head-tail and Wide-angle tail sources, subsamples of FRI and FRII sources from the ATLBS survey appear to lie in similar moderately overdense environments, with no evidence for redshift evolution in the regimes studied herein.
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ISSN: 1365-2966 - (online)
Alternative Location: 10.1093/mnras/stt1196
Copyright: 2013 The authors & the Royal Astronomical Society.
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