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Multi-frequency VLBA study of the blazar S5 0716+714 during the active state in 2004: II. Large-scale jet kinematics and the comparison of the different methods of VLBI data imaging as applied to kinematic studies of AGN

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Rastorgueva, EA and Wiik, KJ and Bajkova, AT and Valtaoja, E and Takalo, LO and Vetukhnovskaya, YN and Mahmud, M, Multi-frequency VLBA study of the blazar S5 0716+714 during the active state in 2004: II. Large-scale jet kinematics and the comparison of the different methods of VLBI data imaging as applied to kinematic studies of AGN, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 529 Article A2. ISSN 0004-6361 (2011) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201015241

Abstract

Context. We study the jet kinematics of the blazar S5 0716+714 during its active state in 20032004 with multi-epoch VLBI observations.
Aims. We present a kinematic analysis of the large-scale (012 mas) jet of 0716+714, based on the results of six epochs of VLBA monitoring at 5 GHz. Additionally, we compare kinematic results obtained with two imaging methods based on different deconvolution algorithms.
Methods. The blazar 0716+714 has a diffuse large-scale jet, which is very faint compared with the bright compact core. Experiments with simulated data showed that the conventional data reduction procedure based on the CLEAN deconvolution algorithm does not perform well in restoring this type of structure. This might be the reason why previous kinematic studies of this source yielded ambiguous results. In order to obtain accurate kinematics of this source, we independently applied two imaging techniques to the raw data: the conventional method, based on difference mapping, which uses CLEAN deconvolution, and the generalized maximum entropy method (GMEM) realized in the VLBImager package developed at the Pulkovo Observatory in Russia.
Results. The results of both methods give us a consistent kinematic scenario: the large-scale jet of 0716+714 is diffuse and stationary. Differences between the inner (01 mas) and outer (112 mas) regions of the jet in brightness and velocity of the components could be explained by the bending of the jet, which causes the angle between the jet direction and the line of sight to change from ∼5 to ∼11.
Conclusions. We tested the performance of the two imaging methods on real data and found that they yield similar kinematic results, but determination of the jet component positions by the conventional method was less precise. The method based on the GMEM algorithm is suitable for kinematic studies. It is especially effective for dim diffuse sources with the average brightness of several mJy with bright point-like features. For the source 0716+714, both methods worked at the limit of their capability.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:BL lacertae objects, individual, S5 0716+714, interferometric
Research Division:Physical Sciences
Research Group:Astronomical and Space Sciences
Research Field:Cosmology and Extragalactic Astronomy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences
Author:Rastorgueva, EA (Dr Elizaveta Rastorgueva-Foi)
ID Code:93354
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Mathematics and Physics
Deposited On:2014-07-29
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