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Quasar 4C74.26

Title: The luminous X-ray hotspot in 4C 74.26: synchrotron or inverse-Compton emission?
Authors: M.C. Erlund, A.C. Fabian, Katherine M. Blundell, C. Moss, D.R. Ballantyne

We report the discovery of an X-ray counterpart to the southern radio hotspot of the largest-known radio quasar 4C 74.26 (whose redshift is z=0.104). Both XMM-Newton and Chandra images reveal the same significant (10arcsec, i.e. 19kpc) offset between the X-ray hotspot and the radio hotspot imaged with MERLIN. The peak of the X-ray emission may be due to synchrotron or inverse-Compton emission. If synchrotron emission, the hotspot represents the site of particle acceleration and the offset arises from either the jet exhibiting Scheuer's 'dentist's drill' effect or a fast spine having less momentum than the sheath surrounding it, which creates the radio hotspot. If the emission arises from the inverse-Compton process, it must be inverse-Compton scattering of the CMB in a decelerating relativistic flow, implying that the jet is relativistic (Gamma <= 2) out to a distance of at least 800kpc. Our analysis, including optical data from the Liverpool Telescope, rules out a background AGN for the X-ray emission and confirms its nature as a hotspot, making it the most X-ray luminous hotspot yet detected.

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