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A&A
Volume 427, Number 1, November III 2004
Page(s) 79 - 86
Section Extragalactic astronomy
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20048056


A&A 427, 79-86 (2004)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20048056

Spectral ageing in the relic radio galaxy B2 0924+30

M. Jamrozy1, U. Klein1, K.-H. Mack1, 2, 3, L. Gregorini2, 4 and P. Parma2

1  Radioastronomisches Institut der Universität Bonn, Auf dem Hügel 71, 53121 Bonn, Germany
    e-mail: mjamrozy@astro.uni-bonn.de
2  Istituto di Radioastronomia, via P. Gobetti 101, 40129 Bologna, Italy
3  ASTRON, Postbus 2, 7990 AA Dwingeloo, The Netherlands
4  Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Bologna, via Irnerio 46, 40126 Bologna, Italy

(Received 7 April 2004 / Accepted 8 July 2004)

Abstract
The radio spectrum of the relic radio galaxy B2 0924+30 is investigated using integrated flux densities between 0.151 and 10.6 GHz, as well as images at 0.325, 0.609, 1.400 and 4.750 GHz. Allowing for synchrotron and inverse Compton losses in this source, the observed spectral steepening yields a break frequency of ~7 GHz, implying a mean particle age of about 50 Myrs. The corresponding particle advance speed is of the order of 2000 km s -1. This relatively small particle lifetime following the exhaustion of the central source can explain the paucity of such sources and implies that such objects would easily escape detection if searched for in the cm wavelength regime.


Key words: radio continuum: galaxies -- galaxies: active -- galaxies: individual: B2 0924+30

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