Activity restart – a key to explaining the morphology of J1211+743
Toruń Centre for Astronomy, N. Copernicus University,
Received: 21 May 2012
Accepted: 15 June 2012
J1211+743 is a giant radio galaxy with a one-sided jet and two asymmetric lobes, one of which is of Fanaroff-Riley (FR) type II with a hotspot and the other is a diffuse relic devoid of a hotspot. The jet points towards the latter lobe, which is difficult to explain in a standard way within the double-lobed radio source paradigm. Here, I propose to assume that the nucleus of J1211+743 has undergone a re-ignition of activity and its lobes, presumably both originally of FR II type, represent an earlier active phase, while the jet represents the current one. The asymmetry of the lobes is a consequence of the orientation of the source combined with an activity switch-off that occurred between two active periods. The relic lobe is on the near side with regard to the observer, whereas the radiation from the far-side lobe arrives significantly later owing to its longer distance to the observer. The far-side lobe is thus perceived to have not yet decayed. On the other hand, the jet behaves in a standard way, i.e. its projected orientation reflects the near side of the source. Hence, we are able to explain why the location of the relic lobe correlates with the direction of the jet.
Key words: radio continuum: galaxies / galaxies: active / galaxies: individual: J1211+743
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