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Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser.
Volume 143, Number 3, May I 2000
Page(s) 457 - 464
DOI https://doi.org/10.1051/aas:2000189
Published online 15 May 2000
DOI: 10.1051/aas:2000189

Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser. 143, 457-464

VLA polarimetry of two extended radio galaxies

W. Junor1 - F. Mantovani2 - R. Morganti2,3 - L. Padrielli2

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1 - Institute for Astrophysics, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, U.S.A.
2 - Istituto di Radioastronomia del CNR, Bologna, Italy
3 - Australian Telescope National Facility, Epping, NSW 2121, Australia

Received May 7, 1996; accepted February 25, 2000

Abstract:

Multi-wavelength VLA observations of two extended radio galaxies, 0235-197and 1203+043 are presented. There is some evidence from earlier studies that these two sources exhibit low frequency (<1GHz) variability. This work shows that both sources have linear polarizations, if any, below the detection limits at 320 MHz, so we cannot explain the variability as being due to instrumental polarization effects as has been suggested for 3C 159. Refractive scintillation may be the cause of the variability in 0235-197. This would require the existence of a bright, compact component in one of the hot spots seen in these observations. This is not implausible but the resolution of this observational program is insufficient to address that question. The radio source 1203+043 lacks any bright compact component thereby ruling out a refractive scintillation mechanism for its variability. Consequently, it is possible that claims of variability in this source are spurious. However, the 320MHz VLA observations show that 1203+043 has an "X''-shaped radio structure. This is a rare morphology for the brightness distribution of a radio galaxy; the implications of this are examined.

Key words: galaxies: individual: 0235+197, 1203+043 -- techniques: polarimetric -- radio continnum: galaxies

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