Feedback from low-luminosity radio galaxies: B2 0258+35




Murthy, Suma
Morganti, Raffaella
Oosterloo, T
Schulz, Robert
Mukherjee, Dipanjan
Wagner, Alexander
Bicknell, Geoffrey
Prandoni, Isabella
Shulevski, Aleksandar

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European Southern Observatory (ESO)


Low-luminosity radio-loud active galactic nuclei (AGN) are of importance in studies concerning feedback from radio AGN since a dominant fraction of AGN belong to this class. We report high-resolution Very Large Array (VLA) and European VLBI Network (EVN) observations of H I 21 cm absorption from a young, compact steep-spectrum radio source, B2 0258+35, nested in the early-type galaxy NGC 1167, which contains a 160 kpc H I disc. Our VLA and EVN H I absorption observations, modelling, and comparison with molecular gas data suggest that the cold gas in the centre of NGC 1167 is very turbulent (with a velocity dispersion of ∼90 km s−1) and that this turbulence is induced by the interaction of the jets with the interstellar medium (ISM). Furthermore, the ionised gas in the galaxy shows evidence of shock heating at a few kpc from the radio source. These findings support the results from numerical simulations of radio jets expanding into a clumpy gas disc, which predict that the radio jets in this case percolate through the gas disc and drive shocks into the ISM at distances much larger than their physical extent. These results expand the number of low-luminosity radio sources found to impact the surrounding medium, thereby highlighting the possible relevance of these AGN for feedback.



galaxies: active, galaxies: individual: B2 0258+35, radio lines: galaxies, galaxies: ISM



Astronomy and Astrophysics


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