Volume 484, Number 3, June IV 2008
|Page(s)||L39 - L42|
|Published online||06 May 2008|
Letter to the Editor
High-resolution double morphology of the most distant known radio quasar at z = 6.12
FÖMI Satellite Geodetic Observatory, PO Box 585, 1592 Budapest, Hungary e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 MTA Research Group for Physical Geodesy and Geodynamics, PO Box 91, 1521 Budapest, Hungary
3 Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe, Postbus 2, 7990 AA Dwingeloo, The Netherlands e-mail: [lgurvits;zparagi]@jive.nl
4 Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, JAXA, 3-1-1 Yoshinodai, Sagamihara, Kanagawa 229-8510, Japan e-mail: email@example.com
Accepted: 30 April 2008
Context. The highest redshift quasars at z 6 receive considerable attention since they provide strong constraints on the growth of the earliest supermassive black holes. They also probe the epoch of reionisation and serve as “lighthouses” to illuminate the space between them and the observer. The source J1427+3312 () has recently been identified as the first and so far the only known radio-loud quasar at .
Aims. We investigated the compact radio structure of J1427+3312 on milli-arcsecond (mas) angular scales, to compare it with that of the second most distant radio-loud quasar J0836+0054 () and with lower-redshift radio quasars in general.
Methods. We observed J1427+3312 in phase-reference mode with ten antennas of the European Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) Network (EVN) at 1.6 GHz on 11 March 2007 and at 5 GHz on 3 March 2007.
Results. The source was clearly detected at both frequencies. At 1.6 GHz, it shows a prominent double structure. The two components are separated by 28.3 mas, corresponding to a projected linear distance of ~160 pc. Both components with sub-mJy flux densities appear resolved. In the position of the brightest component at 1.6 GHz, we detected mas-scale radio emission at 5 GHz as well. The radio spectrum of this feature is steep. The double structure and the separation of the components of J1427+3312 are similar to those of the young (104 yr) compact symmetric objects (CSOs).
Key words: techniques: interferometric / radio continuum: galaxies / galaxies: active / quasars: individual: J1427+3312
© ESO, 2008
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