Suzaku observation of the giant radio galaxy 3C 326

Дата и время публикации : 2009-10-13T20:12:55Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
Naoki Isobe
Makoto S. Tashiro
Poshak Gandhi
Asami Hayato
Hiroshi Nagai
Kazuhiro Hada
Hiromi Seta
Keiko Matsuta

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Коментарии к cтатье: 11 pages, 10 figures, 6 tables, Accepted for ApJ (v706 issue)
Первичная категория: astro-ph.HE

Все категории : astro-ph.HE, astro-ph.CO

Краткий обзор статьи: A Suzaku observation of a giant radio galaxy, 3C 326, which has a physical size of about 2 Mpc, was conducted on 2008 January 19 — 21. In addition to several X-ray sources, diffuse emission was significantly detected associated with its west lobe, but the east lobe was contaminated by an unidentified X-ray source WARP J1552.4+2007. After careful evaluation of the X-ray and Non X-ray background, the 0.4 — 7 keV X-ray spectrum of the west lobe is described by a power-law model. The photon index and 1 keV flux density was derived as $1.82_{-0.24}^{+0.26}pm0.04$ and $19.4_{-3.2}^{+3.3}pm 3.0$ nJy, respectively, where the first and second errors represent the statistical and systematic ones. The diffuse X-rays were attributed to be inverse Compton radiation by the synchrotron radio electrons scattering off the cosmic microwave background photons. This radio galaxy is the largest among those with lobes detected through inverse Compton X-ray emission. A comparison of the radio to X-ray fluxes yields the energy densities of electron and magnetic field as $u_e = (2.3 pm 0.3 pm 0.3) times 10^{-13}$ ergs/cm3 and $u_m = (1.2_{-0.1}^{+0.2}pm 0.2) times 10^{-14}$ ergs/cm3, respectively. The galaxy is suggested to host a low luminosity nucleus with an absorption-corrected 2 — 10 keV luminosity of $<2 times 10^{42}$ ergs/s, together with a relatively weak radio core. The energetics in the west lobe of 3C 326 were compared with those of moderate radio galaxies with a size of $sim 100$ kpc. The west lobe of 3C 326 is confirmed to agree with the correlations for the moderate radio galaxies, $u_e propto D^{-2.2pm0.4}$ and $u_m propto D^{-2.4pm0.4}$, where $D$ is their total physical size. This implies that the lobes of 3C 326 are still being energized by the jet, despite the current weakness of the nucleus.

Category: Physics