Observations of radio relics at very high frequency (>10 GHz) can help to understand how particles age and are (re-)accelerated in galaxy cluster outskirts and how magnetic fields are amplified in these environments. In this work, we present new single-dish 18.6 GHz Sardinia Radio Telescope and 14.25 GHz Effelsberg observations of the well known northern radio relic of CIZA J2242.8+5301. We detected the relic which shows a length of ∼1.8 Mpc and a flux density equal to S14.25 GHz = (9.5±3.9) mJy and S18.6 GHz = (7.67±0.90) mJy at 14.25 GHz and 18.6 GHz respectively. The resulting best-fit model of the relic spectrum from 145 MHz to 18.6 GHz is a power-law spectrum with spectral index α = 1.12 ± 0.03: no evidence of steepening has been found in the new data presented in this work. For the first time, polarisation properties have been derived at 18.6 GHz, revealing an averaged polarisation fraction of ∼ 40% and a magnetic field aligned with the ’filaments’ or ’sheets’ of the relic.

Spectro-polarimetric observations of the CIZA J2242.8+5301 northern radio relic: no evidence of high-frequency steepening

V Vacca;D Wittor;A Bonafede;M Brienza;E Carretti;L Feretti;F Gastaldello;R Paladino;F Vazza
2020

Abstract

Observations of radio relics at very high frequency (>10 GHz) can help to understand how particles age and are (re-)accelerated in galaxy cluster outskirts and how magnetic fields are amplified in these environments. In this work, we present new single-dish 18.6 GHz Sardinia Radio Telescope and 14.25 GHz Effelsberg observations of the well known northern radio relic of CIZA J2242.8+5301. We detected the relic which shows a length of ∼1.8 Mpc and a flux density equal to S14.25 GHz = (9.5±3.9) mJy and S18.6 GHz = (7.67±0.90) mJy at 14.25 GHz and 18.6 GHz respectively. The resulting best-fit model of the relic spectrum from 145 MHz to 18.6 GHz is a power-law spectrum with spectral index α = 1.12 ± 0.03: no evidence of steepening has been found in the new data presented in this work. For the first time, polarisation properties have been derived at 18.6 GHz, revealing an averaged polarisation fraction of ∼ 40% and a magnetic field aligned with the ’filaments’ or ’sheets’ of the relic.
F Loi; M Murgia; V Vacca; F Govoni; A Melis; D Wittor; R Beck; M Kierdorf; A Bonafede; W Boschin; M Brienza; E Carretti; R Concu; L Feretti; F Gastaldello; R Paladino; K Rajphrohit; P Serra; F Vazza
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