We report the discovery of unusually strong optical and X-ray emission associated with a knot in the radio jet of PKS B1421-490. The knot is the brightest feature observed beyond the radio band, with knot/core flux ratios similar to 300 and 3.7 at optical and X-ray frequencies, respectively. We interpret the extreme optical output of the knot as synchrotron emission. The nature of the X-ray emission is unclear. We consider a second synchrotron component, inverse Compton emission from a relativistic, decelerating jet, and the possibility that this feature is a chance superposition of an unusual BL Lac object.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 20 Oct 2005|
- galaxies : jets
- quasars : individual (PKS B1421-490)
- BL LACERTAE OBJECTS
- DIGITAL SKY SURVEY