• Volume 8, Issue 3

      September 1987,   pages  211-274

    • Dark spots, bubbles, and shells in the lobes of extragalactic radio sources

      Wolfgang Kundt Lakshmi Saripalli

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      Based on maps of the extragalactic radio sources Cyg A, Her A, Cen A, 3C 277.3 and others, arguments are given that the twin-jets from the respective active galactic nucleus ram their channels repeatedly through thin, massive shells. The jets are thereby temporarily choked and blow radio bubbles. Warm shell matter in the cocoon shows up radio-dark through electron-scattering.

    • A study of faint young open clusters as tracers of spiral features in our galaxy paper 3: Collinder 97 (OC1 506)

      G. S. D. Babu

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      Photoelectric and photographic photometry of twenty-nine stars was done in the field of the open cluster Collinder 97 ≡ OC1 506. Of these stars, a total of twenty-four have been found to be possible members. There is apparently no interstellar extinction in the direction of this cluster which is in the constellation of Monoceros: itsE(B-V) = 0.0 mag. This cluster is situated at a distance of 0.63 ± 0.01 kpc, which is well within the local arm of our Galaxy. The age of this cluster is in the range of 1 × 108 to 5.9 × l08 yr, which puts it in an older age group. Thus, it cannot be specifically considered as a spiral-arm tracer in the study of our Galaxy.

    • Further VLA observations of hydrogen deficient stars

      N. Kameswara Rao V. R. Venugopal A. R. Patnaik

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      VLA observations at 6 cm have been obtained for three hydrogen-deficient objects υ Sgr, V 348 Sgr, and A bell 58. A bell 58 was also observed at 2 cm. Only upper limits to the flux density could be set for these sources. A new radio source at 6 cm was found in the field of υ Sgr.

      The upper limit for 6 cm flux density of V348 Sgr sets an upper limit to its reddening asE(B–V) ≤ 0.65. The hydrogen deficient planetary nebula A 58 shows much lower radio flux than expected from the infrared-radio flux density relationship of planetary nebulae.

    • 3C 120 and the surrounding region of sky

      Halton Arp

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      Image processing performed on a series of photographs of the superluminal Seyfert galaxy, 3C 120, shows the outer optical disc to consist of fragmented segments generally pointing toward the centre. One long arm of peculiar, separated knots comes off to the W and SW. A peculiar companion is seen along the line of the NW radio jet. In the interior, optical jets are detected which are aligned along the direction of the outer radio jets.

      A region of the sky 45 ×; 25 degrees around 3C120 is investigated. It is found that:

      1. A nebulous filament about 3/4 degree in length points to 3C 120.

      2. Hydrogen clouds of redshiftz = −130 and −210 km s−1 are situated at 3 and 1 degrees on either side of 3C 120.

      3. Eleven low-surface-brightness galaxies with 4500 <z < 5300 km s−1 fall within a radius of 8 degrees.

      4. Seven quasars withz ≳ 1.35 and radio fluxesSb ≳ 0.3 fall within a radius of 10 degrees.

      It is concluded that the concentration of these objects in the vicinity of this unique, active galaxy has a negligible chance of being accidental and that all those objects of diverse redshift are at the same nearby distance. This smaller distance reduces the supposed superluminal motions in 3C 120 to quite precedented ejection velocities.

    • Additional members of the local group of galaxies and quantized redshifts within the two nearest groups

      Halton Arp

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      Galaxies of redshiftz ≲ 1000 km s−1 are investigated. In the South Galactic Hemisphere there are two large concentrations of these galaxies. One is in the direction of the centre of the Local Group, roughly aligned with M 31 and M 33. The other concentration is centred almost 80 degrees away on the sky and involves the next nearest galaxies to the Local Group, NGC 55, NGC 300 and NGC 253.

      The large scale and isolation of these concentrations, and the continuity of their redshifts require that they are all galaxies at the same, relatively close distance of the brightest group members. The fainter members of the group have higher redshifts, mimicking to some extent a Hubble relation. But if they are all at the same average distance the higher redshifts must be due to a cause other than velocity.

      The redshifts of the galaxies in the central areas of these groups all obey a quantization interval of δcz0 = 72.4 kms−1. This is the same quantization found by William Tifft, and later by others, in all physical groups and pairs which have been tested. The quantization discovered here, however, extends over a larger interval in redshift than heretofore encountered.

      The majority of redshifts used in the present analysis are accurate to ± 8 km s−1. The deviation of those redshifts from multiples of 72.4 km s-1 averages ±8.2 km s−1. The astonishing result, however, is that for those redshifts which are known more accurately, the deviation from modulo 72.4 drops to a value between 3 and 4 km s−1! The amount of relative velocity allowed these galaxies is therefore implied to be less than this extremely small value.

    • DoH-functions always increase during violent relaxation?

      S. Sridhar

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      Recent work on the violent relaxation of collisionless stellar systems has been based on the notion of a wide class of entropy functions. A theorem concerning entropy increase has been proved. We draw attention to some underlying assumptions that have been ignored in the applications of this theorem to stellar dynamical problems. Once these are taken into account, the use of this theorem is at best heuristic. We present a simple counter-example.

    • Study of electron energy and angular distributions and calculations of X-ray, EUV line flux and rise times

      Ranjna Bakaya Sunil Peshin R. R. Rausaria P. N. Khosa

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      Evolution of energy and angular distributions of electrons has been studied by combining small-angle analytical treatment with large-angle Monte Carlo calculations as a function of column density for initially monoenergetic and monodirectional electrons. The incident electron energies considered are 20, 30 and 60 keV at 0°, 30° and 60° angles of incidence. Using these distributions, time evolution of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) spectrum has been studied. The slopes of the curves calculated compare well with the experimentally observed curve.

    • Atmospheric noise on the bispectrum in optical speckle interferometry

      S. N. Karbelkar Rajaram Nityananda

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      Based on a simple picture of speckle phenomena in optical interferometry it is shown that the recent signal-to-noise ratio estimate for the so called bispectrum, due to Wirnitzer (1985), does not possess the right limit when photon statistics is unimportant. In this wave-limit, which is true for bright sources, his calculations over-estimate the signal-to-noise ratio for the bispectrum by a factor of the order of the square root of the number of speckles.

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