Faint Radio Sources in the NOAO Bootes Field

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Description

As a step toward investigating the properties of faint extragalactic sources on light-year scales, the VLBA was used at 5.0 GHz to survey 76 sources in the NOAO Bootes field. The image shows the geometry for the VLBA survey, the largest of its kind to date. The Bootes field covers the 9 square degrees shown as yellow in the image. The circles within the Bootes field mark the locations of the 76 faint radio sources. The squares beyond the Bootes field locate calibrator sources, four of which served as "phase calibrators" for the VLBA observations of the faint radio sources within the large dashed circles, each of radius 2.5 degrees. About forty percent of the faint radio sources were detected with the VLBA at an angular resolution of 0.002 arcsec, corresponding to 60 light years or less for a WMAP cosmology. Most VLBA detections are unresolved or slightly resolved, but one is diffuse and five show either double or core-jet structures. Three VLBA detections are unidentified in the near infrared and likely mark optically obscured active nuclei in the distant universe.

Creator

Legacy Astronomical Images

Rights

NRAO/AUI/NSF does not hold full copyright for this image. Contact the archivist for details.

Type

Legacy Astronomical Image

Object Name

Bootes field

Investigators

J.M. Wrobel, G.B. Taylor, T.A. Rector, S.T. Myers, C.D. Fassnacht

Telescope

Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA)

Observation Date

2002-06-15

Type of Observation

continuum

Band

C

Wavelength

6 cm

Frequency

5.0 GHz

Center of Image

RA 14:32:5.720, Dec: 34:16:47.500 (J2000)

Field of View

3.000000 x 3.000000 degrees

Link to journal article

Notes

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Series

Active Galactic Nuclei Series

Unit

Radio Galaxies Unit

Citation

Legacy Astronomical Images, “Faint Radio Sources in the NOAO Bootes Field,” NRAO Archives, accessed December 4, 2021, https://www.nrao.edu/archives/items/show/33357.