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Title: Environments of powerful radio galaxies through the cosmic ages
Author: Goodlet, Julie-Ann
ISNI:       0000 0001 3504 9865
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 2004
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I define 3 samples of extragalactic radio sources of type FRII, containing 26 objects in total. The control sample consists of 6C and 7C sources with radio-luminosities of around 10²⁷ W Hz⁻¹ at 151 MHz and redshifts of z ˜ 1. The other samples contain 3CRR sources with either comparable redshifts but radio luminosities about a decade larger or with comparable radio-luminosities but redshifts around z ˜ 0.4. These samples are used to investigate the possible evolution of depolarisation and rotation measure properties with redshift and radio luminosity independently. All sources show evidence for an external Faraday screen. Depolarisation and variations in the rotation measure of a source increase with redshift, only the depolarisation measure shows any trend with radio-luminosity. There are no strong trends with special index. I use the Kaiser et al. (1997) model with 3 flux measurements to estimate the density of the source environment, source age and jet power. Depolarisation and variations in the rotation measure were found to be insensitive to changes in the density of the source environment. This indicates that depolarisation and variations in the rotation measure are not density indicators but map how the disorder in the magnetic field changes with redshift. The model is then used on a larger set of FRII sources taken from the complete 3CRR, 6CE and 7C III samples. I find that the density of the source environment is a strong function of the source radio-luminosity but is insensitive to changes in redshift. The jet power is also a strong function of radio-luminosity but also a weak function of redshift. This indicates that the mass of the black-hole powering FRII sources is epoch dependent. In general, I find that the source environment is dominated by changes in the radio-luminosity but is relatively unaffected by changes in cosmic epoch.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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