Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation
New interface
Journal articles

Search and analysis of giant radio galaxies with associated nuclei (SAGAN). III. New insights into giant radio quasars

Abstract : Giant radio quasars (GRQs) are radio-loud active galactic nuclei (AGN) that propel megaparsec-scale jets. In order to understand GRQs and their properties, we have compiled all known GRQs (`the GRQ catalogue') and a subset of small (size < 700 kpc) radio quasars (SRQs) from the literature. In the process, we have found ten new Fanaroff-Riley type-II GRQs in the redshift range of 0.66 < z < 1.72, which we include in the GRQ catalogue. Using the above samples, we have carried out a systematic comparative study of GRQs and SRQs using optical and radio data. Our results show that the GRQs and SRQs statistically have similar spectral index and black hole mass distributions. However, SRQs have a higher radio core power, core dominance factor, total radio power, jet kinetic power, and Eddington ratio compared to GRQs. On the other hand, when compared to giant radio galaxies (GRGs), GRQs have a higher black hole mass and Eddington ratio. The high core dominance factor of SRQs is an indicator of them lying closer to the line of sight than GRQs. We also find a correlation between the accretion disc luminosity and the radio core and jet power of GRQs, which provides evidence for disc-jet coupling. Lastly, we find the distributions of Eddington ratios of GRGs and GRQs to be bi-modal, similar to that found in small radio galaxies (SRGs) and SRQs, which indicates that size is not strongly dependent on the accretion state. Using all of this, we provide a basic model for the growth of SRQs to GRQs.

Catalogues are only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to ( or via

Complete list of metadata
Contributor : Nathalie POTHIER Connect in order to contact the contributor
Submitted on : Saturday, July 9, 2022 - 8:28:42 AM
Last modification on : Wednesday, October 5, 2022 - 11:12:07 AM
Long-term archiving on: : Monday, October 10, 2022 - 6:08:41 PM


Publisher files allowed on an open archive



Mousumi Mahato, Pratik Dabhade, D. J. Saikia, Françoise Combes, Joydeep Bagchi, et al.. Search and analysis of giant radio galaxies with associated nuclei (SAGAN). III. New insights into giant radio quasars. Astronomy and Astrophysics - A&A, 2022, 660, ⟨10.1051/0004-6361/202141928⟩. ⟨insu-03717121⟩



Record views


Files downloads