Powerful quasars with young jets in multi-epoch radio surveys

Kristina Nyland, Dillon Z. Dong, Pallavi Patil, Mark Lacy, Sjoert van Velzen, Amy E. Kimball, Sumit K. Sarbadhicary, Gregg Hallinan, Vivienne Baldassare, Tracy E. Clarke, Andy D. Goulding, Jenny Greene, Andrew Hughes, Namir Kassim, Magdalena Kunert-Bajraszewska, Thomas J. Maccarone, Kunal Mooley, Dipanjan Mukherjee, Wendy Peters, Leonid PetrovEmil Polisensky, Wiphu Rujopakarn, Mark Whittle, Mattia Vaccari

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Energetic feedback driven by the large-scale (100's of kpc) lobes of classical radio galaxies is known to play an important role in shaping galaxy evolution. However, the prevalence of young and compact jets – and their impact on the interstellar medium – remains an open question. Multi-epoch radio surveys with cadences of years to decades offer a promising means of identifying even faint (mJy-level) jets that are compact and potentially young on the basis of variability. Recently, a comparison of images from the Very Large Array Sky Survey (VLASS) and the Faint Images of the Radio Sky at Twenty Centimeters (FIRST) survey has revealed a population of distant ((Formula presented.)) quasars that have brightened dramatically in the past 1–2 decades. These quasars appear to have transitioned from “radio-quiet” nondetections in FIRST to “radio-loud” detections in VLASS. Extensive multiband follow-up observations with the VLA from 1 to 18 GHz have revealed compact (sub-kpc) radio sources that are consistent with young jets that were recently triggered. Here, we summarize the status of our on-going study of quasars with newborn jets identified in the radio time domain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1146-1150
Number of pages5
JournalAstronomische Nachrichten
Issue number9-10
StatePublished - Nov 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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