Constraining the parameters of the putative supermassive binary black hole in PG 1302-102 from its radio structure

E. Kun, S. Frey, K. Gabányi, S. Britzen, D. Cseh, L. Gergely

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We investigate the pc-scale kinematics and kpc-scale radio morphology of the quasar PG 1302-102, which may harbour a sub-pc separation supermassive binary black hole system at its centre as inferred from optical variability. High-resolution radio interferometric measurements obtained with the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) in the Monitoring Of Jets in Active galactic nuclei with VLBA Experiments programme at 15 GHz at 20 epochs spanning 17 years were analysed to investigate the pc-scale radio structure. Archival observations with the Very Large Array at 1.4 and 5 GHz were obtained to study the kpc-scale morphology. We find that the pc-scale jet is inclined within ~2°.2 to the line of sight and has a half-opening angle of ~0°.2. The parameters derived from the pc-scale radio jet are qualitatively consistent with those obtained from the analysis of the optical light curve of PG 1302-102. We obtain at least 0.08 for the mass ratio of the two black holes in the system. We find some indication for a helical jet structure on kpc-scale, but the directions of the inner and the extended radio jets are significantly different, obstructing a straightforward connection of the pc- and kpc-scale jets within the binary scenario.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1290-1296
Number of pages7
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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