The radio structure of the narrow-line Seyfert 1 Mrk 783 with VLBA and e-MERLIN

E. Congiu*, P. Kharb, A. Tarchi, M. Berton, A. Caccianiga, S. Chen, L. Crepaldi, F. Di Mille, E. Järvelä, M. E. Jarvis, G. la Mura, A. Vietri

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Abstract

In this paper, we present the analysis of new radio and optical observations of the narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxy Mrk 783. 1.6 GHz observations performed with the e-MERLIN interferometer confirm the presence of the diffuse emission previously observed. The Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) also detects the nuclear source both at 1.6 GHz (L band) and 5 GHz (C band). While the L-band image shows only an unresolved core, the C-band image shows the presence of a partially resolved structure at a position angle of 60. The brightness temperature of the emission in both bands (>106 K) suggests that it is a pc-scale jet produced by the active galactic nucleus. The relatively steep VLBA spectral index (αVLBA = 0.63 ± 0.03) is consistent with the presence of optically thin emission on milliarcsecond scales. Finally, we investigated two possible scenarios that can result in the misalignment between the kpc and pc-scale radio structure detected in the galaxy. We also analysed the optical morphology of the galaxy, which suggests that Mrk 783 underwent a merging in relatively recent times.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3149-3157
Number of pages9
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume499
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Galaxies: individual: Mrk 783
  • Galaxies: Seyfert
  • Radio continuum: galaxies

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