Volume 463, Number 1, February III 2007
|Page(s)||97 - 104|
|Published online||20 November 2006|
GPS radio sources: new optical observations and an updated master list*
Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, Groningen, 9700 AV, The Netherlands e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Departamento de Astrofísica Molecular e Infrarroja, Instituto de Estructura de la Materia (CSIC), Madrid, Spain
3 Department of Physics, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY 14623, USA
4 University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA
5 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory / IGPP, Livermore, CA 94550, USA
6 Center for Imaging Science, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY 14623, USA
Accepted: 9 November 2006
Aims.We identify optical counterparts, address uncertain identifications and measure previously unknown redshifts of the host galaxies of candidate GPS radio sources, and study their stellar populations.
Methods.Long slit spectroscopy and deep optical imaging in the B, V and R bands, obtained with the Very Large Telescope.
Results.We obtain new redshifts for B0316+161, B0407–658, B0904+039, B1433–040, and identify the optical counterparts of B0008–421 and B0742+103. We confirm the previous identification for B0316+161, B0407–658, B0554–026, and B0904+039, and find that the previous identification for B0914+114 is incorrect. Using updated published radio spectral information, we classify as non GPS the following sources: B0407–658, B0437–454, B1648+015. The optical colors of typical GPS sources are consistent with single instantaneous burst stellar population models but do not yield useful information on age or metallicity. A new master list of GPS sources is presented.
Key words: galaxies: active / galaxies: distances and redshifts / galaxies: quasars: emission lines / galaxies: general
© ESO, 2007
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