AAS 202nd Meeting, May 2003
Session 18 Blazars and Radio Sources
Oral, Monday, May 26, 2003, 2:00-3:30pm, 204

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[18.03] Discovery of a Jet-Like Structure at the High Redshift Quasar J0841+1311

D.A. Schwartz, W. Barkhouse, M. Birkinshaw, P.J. Green, M. Karovska, D.-W. Kim, J. Silverman, B. Wilkes (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)

The Chandra Multiwavelength Project (ChaMP) has discovered a jet-like structure associated with a newly recognized quasar at redshift z=1.866. The system was 9.4' off-axis during an observation of 3C 207. Although signficantly distorted by the mirror PSF, which is roughly 10"x6" at this angle, we show using both a raytrace and a nearby bright point source that the X-ray image must arise from some combination of point and extended sources, or else from a minimum of three distinct point sources. Three or more unrelated sources would have an extremely small probability of occuring so close together by chance. We show that interpretation as a jet emitting X-rays via inverse Compton scattering on the Cosmic Microwave Background is plausible. However, this would be a surprising and unique discovery since we have obtained upper limits of 200 micro Jy at 8.46 GHz, and since the jet emits at 60% of the flux of the quasar.

This work was supported in part by NASA contract NAS8-39073 to the \emph{Chandra} X-ray Center.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: das@cfa.harvard.edu

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