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A&A
Volume 433, Number 2, April II 2005
Page(s) 467 - 477
Section Extragalactic astronomy
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20042007


A&A 433, 467-477 (2005)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20042007

Ageing analysis of the giant radio galaxy J1343+3758

M. Jamrozy1, J. Machalski2, K.-H. Mack3, 1 and U. Klein1

1  Radioastronomisches Institut der Universität Bonn, Auf dem Hügel 71, 53121 Bonn, Germany
    e-mail: [mjamrozy;uklein@astro.uni-bonn.de]
2  Obserwatorium Astronomiczne, Uniwersytet Jagiellonski, ul. Orla 171, 30244 Kraków, Poland
    e-mail: machalsk@oa.uj.edu.pl
3  Istituto di Radioastronomia, via P. Gobetti 101, 40129 Bologna, Italy
    e-mail: mack@ira.cnr.it

(Received 14 September 2004 / Accepted 22 November 2004 )

Abstract
Deep 4860 and 8350 MHz observations with the VLA and 100-m Effelsberg telescopes, supplementing available radio survey maps at the frequencies of 327 MHz (WENSS survey) and 1400 MHz (NVSS survey), are used to study the synchrotron spectra and radiative ages of relativistic particles in opposite lobes of the giant radio galaxy J1343+3758 (Machalski & Jamrozy 2000). The classical spectral ageing analysis (e.g. Myers & Spangler 1985) with assumption of equipartition magnetic fields gives a mean separation velocity ( $\langle v_{\rm sep}\rangle$) of about 0.16 c and 0.12 c measured with respect to the emitting plasma, and suggests a maximum particle age of about 48 and 50 Myr in the NE and SW lobes, respectively. On the contrary, a mean jet-head advance speed ( $\langle v_{\rm adv}\rangle$) in the above lobes, derived from ram-pressure arguments, is about 0.016 c and 0.017 c, respectively. This would imply a substantial backflow of the lobe material from the hotspot regions towards the radio core, $v_{\rm bf}$, which is not supported by the available radio maps. A compromise is achieved by assuming an enhancement of 3 to 5 times the equipartition magnetic field strengths in the lobes which gives $\langle v_{\rm sep}\rangle\approx 0.06\,c$ and $\langle v_{\rm adv}\rangle\approx\langle v_{\rm bf}\rangle\approx 0.03\,c$, hence a dynamical age of the source of 204 $\pm$ 40 Myr. A comparison of the radiative and dynamical ages of the investigated giant radio galaxy implies that the dynamical age is about 4 times the maximum synchrotron age of the emitting particles, which supports the conclusion of Blundell & Rawlings (2000) that the spectral and dynamical ages are comparable only when they are $\ll$10 Myr, and suggests that for FRII-type sources the discrepancy between these ages increases with age.


Key words: radio continuum: galaxies -- galaxies: active -- galaxies: individual: J1343+3758

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