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Volume 399, Number 2, February IV 2003
Page(s) 449 - 456
Section Galactic structure and dynamics
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20021682

A&A 399, 449-456 (2003)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20021682

Radio asymmetry in 3C 99

F. Mantovani1, R. Fanti1, 2, C. Ferrari1, 3, W. Cotton4 and T. W. B. Muxlow5

1  Istituto di Radioastronomia, CNR, Via P. Gobetti 101, Bologna, Italy
2  Dipartimento di Fisica, Universitá degli Studi di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
3  CERGA, CNRS, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, Nice, France
4  National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Charlottesville, VA, USA
5  Jodrell Bank Observatory, University of Manchester, UK

(Received 4 March 2002 / Accepted 12 November 2002)

The N-galaxy 3C 99, a Compact Steep-spectrum Source showing a triple asymmetric structure, has been observed with several arrays of radio telescopes at sub-arcsecond resolution. New images from MERLIN, European VLBI Network and the Very Long Baseline Array show that the source components detected in the central region of 3C 99 have steep spectral indices, making it difficult to determine which of them is the core. The asymmetric radio structure of 3C 99 is explained using the Scheuer-Baldwin continuous streaming model with a rather large difference in the interstellar medium density on the two sides of the central region. The age of 3C 99 has been estimated; the source is found younger than  106 years.

Key words: galaxies: individual: 3C99 -- galaxies: general -- radio continuum: galaxies

Offprint request: F. Mantovani, fmantovani@ira.cnr.it

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