The loud and the quiet: Searching for radio counterparts of two radio-weak BL Lac candidates with VLBI
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2019

BL Lac objects are known to have compact jets inclined to our line of sight at a small angle, showing prominent radio emission. Two radio-weak BL Lac candidates with no counterparts in current radio surveys were recently reported by Massaro et al. Both sources were selected as candidate low-energy counterparts of unassociated Fermi γ -ray sources. We carried out very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) observations with the European VLBI Network (EVN) at 5 GHz to explore their radio properties at the milliarcsecond (mas) scale. One target, J1410+7405, is clearly detected with the EVN. Its measured 5-GHz flux density, 2.4 mJy, is consistent with recent interferometricmeasurementswith theKarlG. JanskyVery LargeArray, suggesting that the radio emission is confined to the inner ≲10-mas region. J1410+7405 is therefore identified as a radio-loud jetted active galactic nucleus, and its brightness temperature exceeds ~109 K. Its properties are similar to those of other γ -ray-detected BL Lac objects. On the other hand, the second target, J0644+6031, remains undetected with the EVN with a 6s brightness upper limit of 0.12 mJy beam-1. This source is thus radio-quiet, confirming its peculiarity, or possibly questioning its BL Lac nature.

Galaxies: individual: J1410+7405

BL Lacertae objects: general

Galaxies: individual: J0644+6031

Galaxies: active

Quasars: general


Hong Min Cao

Shangqiu Normal University

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Sándor Frey

Magyar Tudomanyos Akademia

Krisztina E. Gabányi

Magyar Tudomanyos Akademia

Jun Yang

Chalmers, Rymd-, geo- och miljövetenskap, Onsala rymdobservatorium

Lang Cui

Chinese Academy of Sciences

X. Y. Hong

Shanghai Astronomical Observatory

Tao An

Shanghai Astronomical Observatory

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters

17453925 (ISSN) 17453933 (eISSN)

Vol. 482 1 L34-L39


Astronomi, astrofysik och kosmologi

Fusion, plasma och rymdfysik



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