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Title: Cosmological investigation of multi-frequency VLBI observations of ultra-compact structure in z∼ 3 radio quasars
Authors: Cao, Shuo
Biesiada, Marek
Qi, Jingzhao
Pan, Yu
Zheng, Xiaogang
Xu, Tengpeng
Ji, Xuan
Zhu, Zong-Hong
Keywords: multi-frequency VLBI observations; ultra-compact structure; radio quasars
Issue Date: 2018
Citation: The European Physical Journal C, Vol. 78, iss. 9 (2018), Art. No. 749
Abstract: In this paper, we use multi-frequency angular size measurements of 58 intermediate-luminosity quasars reaching the redshifts z∼ 3 and demonstrate that they can be used as standard rulers for cosmological inference. Our results indicate that, for the majority of radio-sources in our sample their angular sizes are inversely proportional to the observing frequency. From the physical point of view it means that opacity of the jet is governed by pure synchrotron self-absorption, i.e. external absorption does not play any significant role in the observed angular sizes at least up to 43 GHz. Therefore, we use the value of the intrinsic metric size of compact milliarcsecond radio quasars derived in a cosmology independent manner from survey conducted at 2 GHz and rescale it properly according to predictions of the conical jet model. This approach turns out to work well and produce quite stringent constraints on the matter density parameter Ω m in the flat Λ CDM model and Dvali–Gabadadze–Porrati braneworld model. The results presented in this paper pave the way for the follow up engaging multi-frequency VLBI observations of more compact radio quasars with higher sensitivity and angular resolution.
DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-018-6197-y
ISSN: 1434-6044
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