Volume 374, Number 2, August I 2001
|Page(s)||435 - 442|
|Section||Cosmology (including clusters of galaxies)|
|Published online||15 August 2001|
Two-sided radio emission in ON 231 (W Comae)
Dipartimento di Fisica, Università "La Sapienza", P.zle A. Moro 2, 00185 Roma, Italy
2 Istituto di Radioastronomia, CNR, Via P. Gobetti 101, 40129 Bologna, Italy
3 Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Bologna, Via Irnerio 46, 40126 Bologna
4 Osservatorio Astronomico, Università di Perugia, Via A. Pascoli, 06100 Perugia, Italy
Corresponding author: E. Massaro, email@example.com
Accepted: 17 May 2001
Recent radio images of the BL Lac object ON 231 (W Com, 1219+285) show remarkable new features in the source structure compared to those previously published. The images were obtained from observations made with the European VLBI Network plus MERLIN at 1.6 GHz and 5 GHz after the exceptional optical outburst occurred in Spring 1998. The up-to-date B band historic light curve of ON 231 is also presented together with the R band luminosity evolution in the period 1994-1999. We identify the source core in the radio images with the brightest component having the flattest spectrum. A consequence of this assumption is the existence of a two-sided emission in ON 231 not detected in previous VLBI images. A further new feature is a large bend in the jet at about 10 mas from the core. The emission extends for about 20 mas after the bend, which might be due to strong interaction with the environment surrounding the nucleus. We suggest some possible interpretations to relate the changes in the source structure with the optical and radio flux density variation in the frame of the unification model.
Key words: BL Lacertae objects: general / individual: ON 231
© ESO, 2001
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