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LOFAR observations of X-ray cavity systems

Shimwell, T.W.; Röttgering, H.J.A.; Morganti, R.; Edge, A.C.; Cuciti, V.; Brunetti, G.; Botteon, A.; Brüggen, M.; Rafferty, D.A.; Bîrzan, L.

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T.W. Shimwell

H.J.A. Röttgering

R. Morganti

V. Cuciti

G. Brunetti

A. Botteon

M. Brüggen

D.A. Rafferty

L. Bîrzan


We present LOFAR observations at 120–168 MHz of 42 systems with possible X-ray cavities in their hot atmosphere, of which 17 are groups or ellipticals, 19 are nearby clusters (z < 0.3), and six are higher redshift clusters (z > 0.3). The X-ray cavities, formed by the radio lobes of the central active galactic nucleus (AGN), are evidence of radio-mode AGN feedback. In the groups and ellipticals sample, half of the systems have X-ray cavities for which no associated lobe emission was detected. Conversely, we report the discovery of large radio lobes in NGC 6338, extending far beyond the emission reported previously in the literature. In the case of the nearby clusters, our observations show that there is little low-frequency radio emission that extends beyond the cavities (e.g. MS 0735.6+7421, A2052). For the first time, we report secure cavity-radio associations in 2A 0335+096, ZwCl 2701, and ZwCl 8276 that strengthens their interpretation as AGN-created cavities. However, in some known cavity systems (e.g. A1795 and ZwCl 3146) we report the lack of detectable low-frequency radio emission associated with the cavities. Our sample of higher redshifts systems is small, and unfortunately the present LOFAR observations are not able to resolve the lobes in many of them. Nevertheless, our sample represents one of the best available for investigating the connection between radio and jet power in radio-mode AGN feedback.


Shimwell, T., Röttgering, H., Morganti, R., Edge, A., Cuciti, V., Brunetti, G., …Bîrzan, L. (2020). LOFAR observations of X-ray cavity systems. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 496(3), 2613-2635.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 2, 2020
Online Publication Date Jun 8, 2020
Publication Date 2020-08
Deposit Date Sep 9, 2020
Publicly Available Date Sep 9, 2020
Journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Print ISSN 0035-8711
Electronic ISSN 1365-2966
Publisher Royal Astronomical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 496
Issue 3
Pages 2613-2635


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This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. ©: 2020 The Author(s). Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.

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