Journal article

Host galaxies and the unification of radio-loud AGN

CM Urry, R Scarpa, M O'Dowd, M Giavalisco, R Falomo, JE Pesce, A Treves

NEW ASTRONOMY REVIEWS | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2002

Abstract

Our HST WFPC2 survey of 110 BL Lac objects, from six complete X-ray-, radio-, and optically-selected catalogs, probes the host galaxies of low-luminosity radio sources in the redshift range 0 z 1.35. The host galaxies are luminous ellipticals, well matched in radio power and galaxy magnitude to FR I radio galaxies. Similarly, the host galaxies of high luminosity quasars occupy the same region of this plane as FR II radio galaxies (matched in redshift). This strongly supports the unification of radio-loud AGN, and suggests that studying blazars at high redshift is a proxy for investigating less luminous (to us) but intrinsically identical radio galaxies, which are harder to find at high z. Ac..

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