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Volume 419, Number 1, May III 2004
Page(s) 63 - 70
Section Extragalactic astronomy
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20040076

A&A 419, 63-70 (2004)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20040076

Observational constraints on the cosmological evolution of dual-population radio sources

M. Jamrozy

Radioastronomisches Institut der Universität Bonn, Auf dem Hügel 71, 53121 Bonn, Germany Obserwatorium Astronomiczne, Uniwersytet Jagiellonski, ul. Orla 171, 30244 Kraków, Poland
(Received 11 March 2003 / Accepted 2 February 2004)

In this paper we show normalized differential source counts n(S) at 408 MHz and 1.4 GHz of radio sources separately for FRI and FRII classes with extended and compact morphologies. The maps from the FIRST, NVSS, and WENSS surveys are used to define the source morphology and flux density. The counts provide a basis for a direct test as well as constraining the cosmological evolution of powerful extragalactic radio sources in terms of the dual-population model (Jackson & Wall 1999), where radio sources of Fanaroff-Riley (1974) types I and II are regarded as two physically separate types of active galactic nuclei (AGN). The predicted count values are compared with the observational data to find the best fits for the evolution and beaming parameters, and to further refine the model.

Key words: galaxies: active -- galaxies: evolution -- radio continuum: galaxies

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