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Dynamics of relativistic radio jets in asymmetric environments


Yates-Jones, P and Shabala, SS and Krause, MGH, Dynamics of relativistic radio jets in asymmetric environments, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 508, (4) pp. 5239-5250. ISSN 0035-8711 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/mnras/stab2917


We have carried out relativistic three-dimensional simulations of high-power radio sources propagating into asymmetric cluster environments. We offset the environment by 0 or 1 core radii (equal to 144 kpc), and incline the jets by 0, 15, or 45 degree away from the environment centre. The different environment encountered by each radio lobe provides a unique opportunity to study the effect of environment on otherwise identical jets. We find that the jets become unstable towards the end of the simulations, even with a Lorentz factor of 5; they nevertheless develop typical Fanaroff-Riley class II radio morphology. The jets propagating into denser environments have consistently shorter lobe lengths and brighter hotspots, while the axial ratio of the two lobes is similar. We reproduce the recently reported observational anticorrelation between lobe length asymmetry and environment asymmetry, corroborating the notion that observed large-scale radio lobe asymmetry can be driven by differences in the underlying environment.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Physical Sciences
Research Group:Astronomical sciences
Research Field:Cosmology and extragalactic astronomy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences
UTAS Author:Yates-Jones, P (Mr Patrick Yates-Jones)
UTAS Author:Shabala, SS (Associate Professor Stas Shabala)
UTAS Author:Krause, MGH (Dr Martin Krause)
ID Code:152432
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Research Performance and Analysis
Deposited On:2022-08-18
Last Modified:2022-09-15
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