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.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science