A compact radio source in the high-redshift soft gamma-ray blazar IGR J12319–0749
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2 Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe, Postbus 2, 7990 AA Dwingeloo, The Netherlands
3 Konkoly Observatory, Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, PO Box 67, 1525 Budapest, Hungary
4 Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 80 Nandan Road, 200030 Shanghai, PR China
5 Key Laboratory of Radio Astronomy, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 210008 Nanjing, PR China
Received: 22 November 2012
Accepted: 7 March 2013
Context. Blazars are powerful active galactic nuclei (AGNs) radiating prominently in the whole electromagnetic spectrum, from the radio to the X-ray and gamma-ray bands. Their emission is dominated by synchrotron and inverse-Compton radiation from a relativistic jet originating from an accreting central supermassive black hole. The object IGR J12319−0749 has recently been identified as a soft gamma-ray source with the IBIS instrument of the INTEGRAL satellite, coincident with a quasar at high redshift (z = 3.12).
Aims. We studied the radio structure of IGR J12319−0749 to strengthen its blazar identification by detecting a compact radio jet on the milli-arcsecond (mas) angular scale, and to measure its astrometric position accurate to mas level.
Methods. We used the technique of electronic very long baseline interferometry (e-VLBI) to image IGR J12319−0749 with the European VLBI Network (EVN) at 5 GHz on 2012 June 19.
Results. IGR J12319−0749 (J1231−0747) is a compact radio source, practically unresolved on interferometric baselines up to ~136 million wavelengths. The estimated brightness temperature (at least 2 × 1011 K) indicates that the radio emission of its jet is Doppler-boosted. The accurate position of the compact radio source is consistent with the positions measured at higher energies.
Key words: techniques: interferometric / radio continuum: galaxies / galaxies: active / quasars: individual: IGR J12319-0749
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