5 GHZ Evn Polarization of 3C286
3C286 (1328+307) is a powerful radio source identified with a quasar at z=0.849. There is a foreground galaxy responsible for an H I absorption line system at z=0.6922 (Brown & Roberts 1973), centered approximately 2.″5 to the southeast of 3C286. The radio source has a steep spectrum (α= −0.61, Sν ∝ να between 1.4 and 15 GHz) which turns over at about 100 MHz. Subarcsecond resolution radio images show a misaligned triple structure, dominated by the central component (Spencer et al. 1989) which accounts for at least 95% of the total flux density at all frequencies. 3C286 is one of the strongest extragalactic sources in polarized emission (0.84 Jy at 5 GHz and 1.41 Jy at 1.4 GHz) and with a rotation measure close to 0 rad m−2 (Rudnick and Jones 1983). Hence the observed orientation of the electric field vector is essentially independent of frequency.
KeywordsRadio Source Radio Galaxy Electric Field Vector Extragalactic Radio Source Radio Astronomy Observatory
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