Rapid variability of the compact radio sources in Arp220 (F. Batejat et al.)
- Published on 21 May 2012
In section 1. Letters
Rapid variability of the compact radio sources in Arp220. Evidence for a population of microblazars?
The starburst galaxy Arp220 is a merger remnant, with two galaxy nuclei containing multiple compact radio sources previously identified as supernova remnants. During VLBI monitoring observations at 6 cm, the authors have discovered rapid ( 4c) of jet-like features near rapidly varying almost stationary components. The best interpretation for these enigmatic sources is that they are highly beamed microquasars (i.e. microblazars).