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Legacy data and cosmological constraints from the angular-size/redshift relation for ultracompact radio sources

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Adrian Jannetta


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We have re-examined an ancient VLBI survey of ultracompact radio sources at 2.29 GHz, which gave fringe amplitudes for 917 such objects with total flux density greater than or similar to 0.5 Jy. A number of cosmological investigations based upon this survey have been published in recent years. We have updated the sample with respect to both redshift and radio information, and now have full data for 613 objects, significantly larger than the number (337) used in earlier investigations. The corresponding angular-size/redshift diagram gives Omega(m) = 0.25+ 0.04/ -0.03, Omega(Lambda) = 0.97 + 0.09/ -0.13 and K = 0.22 + 0.07/ -0.10 (68% confidence limits). From this in combination with supernova data and a simple-minded approach to CMB data based upon the angular size of the acoustic horizon, our best figures are Omega(m) = 0.304 + 0.024/ -0.023, Omega(Lambda) = 0.693 + 0.034/ -0.035 and K = -0.003 + 0.021/ -0.019. We have examined a simple model of vacuum energy, based upon a scalar potential V(phi) = omega(2)(C)phi(2) / 2, to test the possibility that the vacuum is dynamical; whereas the data favour a value omega(C) = 0, they are compatible with values in excess of the Hubble rate.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Jackson JC, Jannetta AL

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics

Year: 2006

Issue: 11

Pages: 002

ISSN (electronic): 1475-7516

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1088/1475-7516/2006/11/002


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