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ID: 660634.0, MPI für Astronomie / Publikationen_mpia
PKS0347+05: a radio-loud/radio-quiet double AGN system triggered in a major galaxy merger
Authors:Tadhunter, C.; Ramos Almeida, C.; Morganti, R.; Holt, J.; Rose, M.; Dicken, D.; Inskip, K.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2012
Journal Abbrev.:Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue / Number:2
Start Page:1603
End Page:1613
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:We present optical, infrared and radio observations of the powerful FRII radio source PKS0347+05 (z=0.3390), and demonstrate that it is a rare example of a radio-loud/radio-quiet double AGN system, comprising a weak line radio galaxy (WLRG) separated by 25 kpc (in projection) from a Seyfert 1 nucleus at the same redshift. Our deep Gemini optical images show a highly disturbed morphology, with a warped dust lane crossing through the halo and nuclear regions of the radio galaxy host, tidal tails, and a bridge connecting the radio galaxy to the Seyfert 1 nucleus. Spectral synthesis modelling of our Gemini optical spectrum of the radio galaxy shows evidence for a reddened young stellar population of age <100 Myr. Further evidence for recent star formation activity in this source is provided by the detection of strong PAH features in mid-IR Spitzer/IRS spectra. Together, these observations support a model in which both AGN have been triggered simultaneously in a major galaxy merger. However, despite the presence of a powerful FRII radio source, and the apparently plentiful supply of fuel provided by the merger, the nucleus of the radio galaxy shows only weak, low ionization emission line activity. We speculate that the fuel supply to nuclear regions of the radio galaxy has recently switched off (within the last ~10^6 yr), but the information about the resulting decrease in nuclear AGN activity has yet to reach the extended lobes and hotspots of the FRII radio source. Based on this scenario, we estimate that powerful, intermediate redshift FRII radio sources have lifetimes of t\sim 5x10^6 yr. Overall, our observations emphasise that the fuelling of AGN activity in major galaxy mergers is likely to be highly intermittent.
Free Keywords:Astrophysics - Cosmology and Extragalactic Astrophysics
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Astronomie
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