A two-sided but significantly beamed jet in the supercritical accretion quasar IRAS F11119+3257
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2020

Highly accreting quasars are quite luminous in the X-ray and optical regimes; while, they tend to become radio quiet and have optically thin radio spectra. Among the known quasars, IRAS F11119+3257 is a supercritical accretion source because it has a bolometric luminosity slightly above the Eddington limit and extremely powerful X-ray outflows. To probe its radio structure, we investigated its radio spectrum between 0.15 and 96.15 GHz and performed very-long-baseline interferometric (VLBI) observations with the European VLBI Network (EVN) at 1.66 and 4.93 GHz. The deep EVN image at 1.66 GHz shows a two-sided jet with a projected separation about 200 pc and a very high flux density ratio of about 290. Together with the best-fitting value of the integrated spectral index of -1.31 +/- 0.02 in the optically thin part, we infer that the approaching jet has an intrinsic speed at least 0.57 times of the light speed. This is a new record among the known all kinds of super-Eddington accreting sources and unlikely accelerated by the radiation pressure in a certain models. We propose a scenario in which IRAS F11119+3257 is an unusual compact symmetric object with a small jet viewing angle and a radio spectrum peaking at 0.53 +/- 0.06 GHz mainly due to the synchrotron self-absorption.

galaxies: jets

galaxies: active

radio continuum: galaxies

quasars: individual: IRAS F11119+3257


Jun Yang

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

Zsolt Paragi

Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe (JIVE)

Tao An

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Willem Baan

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON)

Prashanth Mohan

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Xiang Liu

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

0035-8711 (ISSN) 1365-2966 (eISSN)

Vol. 494 2 1744-1750


Astronomi, astrofysik och kosmologi

Atom- och molekylfysik och optik

Annan fysik



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