ST ScI Preprint #1365

HST Observations of the Optical Jets of PKS 0521-365, 3C371, and PKS 2201+044

Authors: Riccardo Scarpa,1 C. Megan Urry,1 Renato Falomo,2 Aldo Treves3
Hubble Space Telescope (HST) observations have led to the discovery of the optical counterpart of the radio jet of PKS 2201+044 and to a detailed analysis of the optical jets of PKS 0521-365 and 3C 371. At HST spatial resolution these jets are well resolved, displaying knotty morphologies. When compared with radio maps of appropriate resolution, a clear one-to-one correspondence between optical and radio structures is found, showing that all detected optical structures are indeed related to the radio synchrotron emission. Photometry of the brightest knots shows that the radio-to-optical spectral index and the derived intensity of the equipartition magnetic field are approximately constant along the jet. Thus, present observations suggest that the electron energy distribution does not change significantly all along the jet.
Appeared in: The Astronomical Journal

1) Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218
2) Astronomical Observatory of Padova
3) University of Insubria, Como

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