GTC optical imaging of extremely red 5C radio galaxies at high redshift

Humphrey, A., Willar Martín, M., Lagos, P. 2016. GTC optical imaging of extremely red 5C radio galaxies at high redshift. Astronomy and Astrophysics 585, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201526411

We investigate the nature of seven unusual radio galaxies from the 5C catalogue that were previously known to have extremely red R-K colours, and for which emission lines were previously found to be weak or absent in their optical spectra.

Methods. We present and discuss u, g, or r images of these radio galaxies, obtained using the Optical System for Imaging and low-Intermediate-Resolution Integrated Spectroscopy (OSIRIS) at the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC).

Results. We have detected all seven targets in our g-band imaging. Their optical emission is extended, and we tentatively detect a radio-optical alignment effect in this sample. A subset of our sample (three sources) shows broad-band spectral energy distributions that flatten out near the wavelength range of the g-band, implying a dominant contribution there due to young stars and/or scattered or reprocessed radiation from the active nucleus.

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