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Title: Constraints on two active galactic nuclei in the merger remnant cosmos J100043.15+020637.2

COSMOS J100043.15+020637.2 is a merger remnant at z = 0.36 with two optical nuclei, NW and SE, offset by 500 mas (2.5 kpc). Prior studies suggest two competing scenarios for these nuclei: (1) SE is an active galactic nucleus (AGN) lost from NW due to a gravitational-wave recoil. (2) NW and SE each contain an AGN, signaling a gravitational-slingshot recoil or inspiralling AGNs. We present new images from the Very Large Array (VLA) at a frequency ν = 9.0 GHz and a FWHM resolution θ = 320 mas (1.6 kpc), and the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) at ν = 1.52 GHz and θ = 15 mas (75 pc). The VLA imaging is sensitive to emission driven by AGNs and/or star formation, while the VLBA imaging is sensitive only to AGN-driven emission. No radio emission is detected at these frequencies. Folding in prior results, we find: (a) The properties of SE and its adjacent X-ray feature resemble those of the Type 1 AGN in NGC 4151, albeit with a much higher narrow emission-line luminosity. (b) The properties of NW are consistent with it hosting a Compton-thick AGN that warms ambient dust, photoionizes narrow emission-line gas, and is free-free absorbed bymore » that gas. Finding (a) is consistent with scenarios (a) and (b). Finding (b) weakens the case for scenario (a) and strengthens the case for scenario (b). Follow-up observations are suggested.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. National Radio Astronomy Observatory, P.O. Box 0, Socorro, NM 87801 (United States)
  2. Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309 (United States)
  3. Astronmisches Institut, Ruhr-Universitat Bochum, Universitatsstr. 150, D-44801 Bochum (Germany)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22351460
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 782; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; DUSTS; EMISSION; GALAXIES; GALAXY NUCLEI; GHZ RANGE; GRAVITATIONAL WAVES; IMAGES; INTERACTIONS; LIMITING VALUES; LUMINOSITY; RECOILS; RESOLUTION; STARS; UNIVERSE; X RADIATION