Science highlights from the RadioLife ERC AdG projectradiolife_logo_4_grey-white_final

Goal of the project is to understand the life-cycle of radio sources and to connect it to the presence and characteristics of the circumnuclear gas. We trace this gas using different components, in particular using HI (observed in absorption) but also molecular and ionised gas.
We trace the evolutionary stage of the radio sources using the characteristics of their radio spectra. The goal in this case is to derive their duty-cycle and whether it can have influence on the host galaxy.
Finally, we aim at tracing the interplay between radio plasma and the interstellar medium by investigating the presence and kinematic characteristics of the gas in the circumnuclear regions in particular  by studying infalling (feeding) and outflowing (feedback) gas.

  The project covers the following themes:

  • Gas content: HI in the circumnnuclear region of (radio) AGN
  • Interplay between the gas in the circumnnuclear region of (radio) AGN and the nuclear activity: the fuelling (see the study of PKS1718-63 and NGC3998)
  • Interplay between the radio plasma/jet and the gas in the circumnnuclear region of (radio) AGN: study of fast and massive outflows driven by the radio (e.g. IC5063), or by radiation (e.g. Mrk231)
  • The interaction of a low-powerful jet: kinematics of the gas and jet induced star-formation in Centaurus A
  • The life-cycle of radio sources: how to identify dying and restarted radio sources
  • Linking gas content and kinematics to the phase in the evolution of radio galaxies when these outflows occur and in understanding the life-cycle of radio sources.

Publications from the RadioLife project

Some of the recent highlights of RadioLife:

Morganti, R. 2017. Archaeology of active galaxies across the electromagnetic spectrum.\ Nature Astronomy 1, 596-605.

Oosterloo, T., Raymond Oonk, J.~B., Morganti, R., Combes, F., et al. 2017. Properties of the molecular gas in the fast outflow in the Seyfert galaxy IC 5063. Astronomy and Astrophysics 608, A38.

Godfrey, L.E.H., Morganti, R., Brienza, M. 2017. On the population of remnant Fanaroff-Riley type II radio galaxies and implications for radio source dynamics. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 471, 891-907.

Brienza, M., Godfrey L., Morganti R. and 8 colleagues 2017. Search and modelling of remnant radio galaxies in the LOFAR Lockman Hole field. Astronomy and Astrophysics 606, A98.

Maccagni, F.M., Morganti, R., Oosterloo, T.~A., Gereb, K., Maddox, N. 2017. Kinematics and physical conditions of HI in nearby radio sources. The last survey of the old Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope. Astronomy and Astrophysics 604, A43.

Harwood, J.J., Hardcastle, M.J., Morganti, R., Croston, et al.  2017. FR II radio galaxies at low frequencies – II. Spectral ageing and source dynamics. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 469, 639-655.

Shulevski, A., Morganti R. and 10 colleagues 2017. Radiative age mapping of the remnant radio galaxy B2 0924+30: the LOFAR perspective. Astronomy and Astrophysics 600, A65.

The Lockman Hole project: LOFAR observations and spectral index properties of low-frequency radio sources, by Mahony, E. K., Morganti, R.; Prandoni, I. et al. 2016 MNRAS

Embedded star formation in the extended narrow line region of Centaurus A: Extreme mixing observed by MUSE by Santoro et al. 2016, A&A 590, 37

The warm molecular hydrogen of PKS B1718-649. Feeding a newly born radio AGN by Maccagni et al. 2016, A&A 588, 46

A rare example of low surface-brightness radio lobes in a gas-rich early-type galaxy: the story of NGC 3998 by Frank et al. 2016

The outer filament of Centaurus A as seen by MUSE by Santoro et al. 2015 A&A Letter, 575, 4

The fast molecular outflow in the Seyfert galaxy IC~5063 as seen by ALMA by R. Morganti, T. Oosterloo, R. Oonk, W. Frieswijk and C. Tadhunter 2015 A&A 580, 1fig1-005

Radio Jets Clearing the Way Through a Galaxy: Watching Feedback in Action, R. Morganti, J. Fogasy, Z. Paragi, T. Oosterloo, M. Orienti, 2013 Science 341, 1082

Jet acceleration of the fast molecular outflows in the Seyfert galaxy IC 5063, C. Tadhunter, R. Morganti, M. Rose , J. B. R. Oonk & T. Oosterloo 2014, Nature 511, 410

Dying radio galaxies in the LOFAR Lockman Hole by Brienza et al. 2016, Proceedings of blobthe conference “The many facets of extragalactic radio surveys: towards new scientific challenges“, PoS(EXTRA-RADSUR2015)068

LOFAR discovery of a 700-kpc remnant radio galaxy at low redshift by M. Brienza, L. Godfrey, R. Morganti et al. 2015 A&A  585, 29

HI absorption zoo, Gereb, K, Maccagni, F., Morganti, R, Oosterloo, T, 2015 A&A 575, 44Outflow_4c52.37_revised.001

Jet-driven outflows of ionized gas in the nearby radio galaxy 3C 293 by Mahony et al.  2015, MNRAS 455, 2453