Volume 489, Number 1, October I 2008
|Page(s)||49 - 55|
|Published online||09 July 2008|
CDS, Observatoire astronomique de Strasbourg, 11 rue de l'université, 67000 Strasbourg, France e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Max-Planck-Insitut für Radioastronomie, Auf dem Hügel 69, 53121 Bonn, Germany
3 Astro Space Center of Lebedev Physical Institute, Profsoyuznaya 84/32, 117997 Moscow, Russia
Accepted: 3 June 2008
Context. Gigahertz-Peaked Spectrum (GPS) sources are likely the precursors of local radio galaxies. Existing GPS source samples are small (<200).
Aims. We aim to extend the available sample of the Gigahertz-Peaked Spectrum (GPS) and High Frequency Peaker (HFP) sources in order to study their nature with greater detail and higher statistical significance.
Methods. A sample of 214 radio sources, which were extracted from the SPECFIND catalog and show an inverted radio spectrum, were observed quasi-simultaneously at 4.85, 10.45, and 32 GHz with the 100-m Effelsberg radio telescope. Using the VLBA calibrator survey (VCS) we have investigated the parsec-scale morphology of the sources.
Results. About 45% of the sources in our sample are classified as GPS or HFP candidates. We add 65 new GPS/HFP candidates to existing samples. We confirm the expected tendency that HFP are more compact on a milliarcsecond scale than the “classical” GPS sources, which peak at lower frequencies.
Conclusions. The data mining of the SPECFIND database represents a promising tool for the discovery of new GPS/HFP sources.
Key words: radio continuum: galaxies
© ESO, 2008
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