Multifrequency VLA radio observations of the X-ray cavity cluster of galaxies RBS797: evidence of differently oriented jets
Institut für Astrophysik, Leopold-Franzens Universität Innsbruck, Technikerstraße 25, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria e-mail: email@example.com
2 Istituto di Radioastronomia - INAF via Gobetti 101, 40129 Bologna, Italy
Accepted: 1 October 2005
We report on the peculiar activity of the radio source located at the center of the cooling flow cluster RBS797 (), the first distant cluster in which two pronounced X-ray cavities have been discovered. Our new multifrequency (1.4, 4.8, and 8.4 GHz) observations obtained with the Very Large Array clearly reveal the presence of radio emission on three different scales showing orientation in different directions, all of which indicates that RBS797 represents a very peculiar case. The lowest resolution images show large-scale radio emission characterized by amorphous morphology and a steep spectrum, extended on a scale of hundreds of kpc. On a scale of tens of kpc, there is evidence of 1.4 GHz radio emission elongated in the northeast-southwest direction exactly towards the holes detected in X-rays. The highest resolution image shows the details of the innermost 4.8 GHz radio jets on a kpc scale; they are remarkably oriented in a direction that is perpendicular to that of the extended structure detected at a lower resolution. We therefore find evidence of a strong interaction between the central radio source and the intra-cluster medium in RBS797. We suggest a scenario in which the 1.4 GHz emission filling the X-ray cavities consists of buoyant bubbles of radio emitting plasma that are created by twin jets in the past and whose expansion has displaced the thermal gas that was formerly in the X-ray holes, whereas the two jets visible at 4.8 GHz are related to the present nuclear activity that has restarted at a different position angle from the original outburst that created the outer radio lobes. The total radio luminosity is ~, corresponding to a factor of a few thousand times less than the estimated cooling luminosity.
Key words: galaxies: clusters: individual: RBS797 / radio continuum: galaxies / galaxies: active / galaxies: jets / X-rays: galaxies: clusters / galaxies: cooling flows
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