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On the cosmological evolution of the FR II radio source population

On the cosmological evolution of the FR II radio source population
On the cosmological evolution of the FR II radio source population
We present an analytical model for the cosmological evolution of the FR II source population. Based on an earlier model for the intrinsic radio luminosity -- linear size evolution of these objects, we construct theoretical source samples. The source distributions in the radio power -- linear size plane of these samples are then compared with that of an observed flux-limited sample. We find that the source parameters determining the radio luminosity of FR II objects cannot be independent of each other. The best-fitting models predict the jet power to be correlated either with the lifetime of the source or with the shape of the density distribution of the source environment. The latter case is consistent with the observed tendency of the most luminous radio sources at high redshift to be located in richer and more extended environments than their low redshift counterparts. We also find evidence for a class of FR II sources distinctly different from the main population. These sources are extremely old and/or are located in very underdense environments. The luminosity function of FR II sources resulting from the model is in good agreement with previous results for high-luminosity sources. The apparent luminosity evolution of the radio luminosity function is not reproduced because of the high flux limit of the comparison sample used. The cosmological evolution of the median linear size of FR II sources is found to be mild.
galaxies: active, galaxies: evolution, galaxies: jets, galaxies: luminosity function, mass function, cosmology: theory
0035-8711
515-529
Kaiser, Christian R.
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Alexander, Paul
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Kaiser, Christian R.
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Alexander, Paul
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Kaiser, Christian R. and Alexander, Paul (1999) On the cosmological evolution of the FR II radio source population. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 302 (3), 515-529.

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Abstract

We present an analytical model for the cosmological evolution of the FR II source population. Based on an earlier model for the intrinsic radio luminosity -- linear size evolution of these objects, we construct theoretical source samples. The source distributions in the radio power -- linear size plane of these samples are then compared with that of an observed flux-limited sample. We find that the source parameters determining the radio luminosity of FR II objects cannot be independent of each other. The best-fitting models predict the jet power to be correlated either with the lifetime of the source or with the shape of the density distribution of the source environment. The latter case is consistent with the observed tendency of the most luminous radio sources at high redshift to be located in richer and more extended environments than their low redshift counterparts. We also find evidence for a class of FR II sources distinctly different from the main population. These sources are extremely old and/or are located in very underdense environments. The luminosity function of FR II sources resulting from the model is in good agreement with previous results for high-luminosity sources. The apparent luminosity evolution of the radio luminosity function is not reproduced because of the high flux limit of the comparison sample used. The cosmological evolution of the median linear size of FR II sources is found to be mild.

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Published date: 1999
Keywords: galaxies: active, galaxies: evolution, galaxies: jets, galaxies: luminosity function, mass function, cosmology: theory

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Local EPrints ID: 14767
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/14767
ISSN: 0035-8711
PURE UUID: 4e0b45f8-0775-40c4-a84c-f0c576c0571a

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Date deposited: 28 Feb 2005
Last modified: 15 Jul 2019 19:33

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