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Galaxies 2016, 4(4), 80; doi:10.3390/galaxies4040080

Conical Stream of the Two-Sided Jets in NGC 4261 over the Range of 103–109 Schwarzschild Radii

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Department of Space and Astronautical Science, The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, 3-1-1 Yoshinodai, Chuou-ku, Sagamihara, Kanagawa 252-0222, Japan
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The Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, 3-1-1 Yoshinodai, Chuou-ku, Sagamihara, Kanagawa 252-5210, Japan
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National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, 2-21-1 Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-8588, Japan
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Institute of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Academia Sinica, P.O. Box 23-141, Taipei 10617, Taiwan
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Academic Editors: Jose L. Gómez, Alan P. Marscher and Svetlana G. Jorstad
Received: 6 September 2016 / Revised: 23 November 2016 / Accepted: 14 December 2016 / Published: 20 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Blazars through Sharp Multi-wavelength Eyes)
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Abstract

We report the jet width profile of of the nearby ( 30 Mpc ) AGN NGC 4261 for both the approaching jet and the counter jet at radial distances ranging from 10 3 10 9 Schwarzschild radius ( R S ) from the central engine. Our Very Large Array (VLA) and Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) observations reveal that the jets maintain a conical structure on both sides over the range 10 3 10 9 R S without any structural transition (i.e., parabolic to conical) like in the approaching jet in M87. Thus, NGC 4261 will provide a unique opportunity to examine the conical jet hypothesis in blazars, while it may require some additional consideration on the acceleration and collimation process in AGN jets. View Full-Text
Keywords: AGN jet; jet structure; VLBI observations AGN jet; jet structure; VLBI observations
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Nakahara, S.; Doi, A.; Murata, Y.; Hada, K.; Nakamura, M.; Asada, K. Conical Stream of the Two-Sided Jets in NGC 4261 over the Range of 103–109 Schwarzschild Radii. Galaxies 2016, 4, 80.

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