Chandra X-ray Observatory observations of the powerful, peculiar radio galaxy 3C 123 have resulted in an X-ray detection of the bright eastern hotspot, with a 1-keV flux density of similar to 5nJy. The X-ray flux and spectrum of the hotspot are consistent with the X-rays being inverse-Compton scattering of radio synchrotron photons by the population of electrons responsible for the radio emission ('synchrotron self-Compton emission') if the magnetic fields in the hotspot are close to their equipartition values. 3C 123 is thus the third radio galaxy to show X-ray emission from a hotspot which is consistent with being in equipartition. Chandra also detects emission from a moderately rich cluster surrounding 3C 123, with L-X(2-10 keV) = 2 x 10(44) egr s(-1) and kT similar to 5 keV, and absorbed emission from the active nucleus, with an inferred intrinsic column density of 1.7 x 10(22) cm(-2) and an intrinsic 2-10 keV luminosity of 10(44) erg s(-1).
|Pages (from-to)||17 - 22|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society|
|Publication status||Published - 11 May 2001|
Bibliographical notePublisher: Blackwell Science
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- radiation mechanisms : non-thermal
- galaxies : active
- galaxies : individual : 3C 123
- X-rays : galaxies
- MAGNETIC-FIELD STRENGTHS
- SYNCHROTRON SPECTRA