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ID: 125598.0, MPI für Radioastronomie / Publikationen des MPI für Radioastronomie
The spectral-curvature parameter : an alternative tool for the analysis of synchrotron spectra
Authors:Sohn, B. W.; Klein, U.; Mack, K. H.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2003-06
Title of Journal:Astronomy & Astrophysics
Journal Abbrev.:Astron. Astrophys.
Issue / Number:1
Start Page:133
End Page:144
Review Status:Peer-review
Audience:Experts Only
Abstract / Description:A new intuitive tool for the analysis of synchrotron spectra is presented. The so-called Spectral Curvature Parameter (SCP), when plotted versus the high-frequency spectral index (alpha(high)) of synchrotron sources, provides crucial parameters on the continuum spectrum of synchrotron radiation without the more complex modeling of spectral ageing scenarios. An important merit of the SCP-alpha diagram, in respect to the conventional colour-colour diagram (i.e. alpha-alpha diagram), is the enhanced reliability of extracting multiple injection spectra, alpha(inj). Different from the colour-colour diagram, tracks of different alpha(inj)s, especially when the synchrotron particles are young, exhibit less overlap and less smearing in the SCP-alpha diagram. Three giant radio galaxies (GRGs) and a sample of Compact steep spectrum (CSS) souces, which are particularly suitable for this kind of analysis, are presented. GRGs exhibit asymmetries of their injection spectral indices alpha(inj) in the SCP-alpha(high) diagram. The obtained alpha(inj)s and the trends in the sources are cross-checke with the literature and show remarkable confidence. Besides the spectral steepening which is well understood in the framework of synchrotron ageing models, spectral flattening is prominent in the radio lobes. The spectral flattening is a clue to efficient re-acceleration processes in the lobes. This implies that interaction with the surrounding intergalactic or intra-cluster medium is an important characteristic of GRGs. In the SW lobe of DA240, there is a clear sign of CI and KP/JP bifurcation at the source extremity. This indicates a highly relativistic energy transportation from the core or in situ acceleration in this typical FR I lobe. Our analysis proves, if exists, KP spectra imply the existence of strong B-sync field with B-sync > B-CMB. In the CSS sources, our result confirms the CI model and B-sync much greater than B-CMB. The synchrotron self-absorption is significant in the CSS sample.
Free Keywords:galaxies : jets, radio continuum : galaxies, methods : data analysis
Comment of the Author/Creator:Date: 2003, JUN
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Radioastronomie
External Affiliations:Max Planck Inst Radioastron, D-53121 Bonn, Germany.; Univ Bonn, Inst Radioastron, D-53121 Bonn, Germany.; ASTRON NFRA, NL-7990 AA Dwingeloo, Netherlands.; CNR, Ist Radioastron, I-40129 Bologna, Italy.
Identifiers:ISI:000183081300016 [ID No:1]
ISSN:0004-6361 [ID No:2]
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