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Astron. Astrophys. 354, 467-472 (2000)

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An evolutionary model for GHz peaked spectrum sources

Predictions for high frequency surveys

G. De Zotti 1, G.L. Granato 1, L. Silva 2, D. Maino 2 and L. Danese 2

1 Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Vicolo dell'Osservatorio 5, 35122 Padova, Italy
2 SISSA, International School for Advanced Studies, Via Beirut 2-4, 34014 Trieste, Italy

Received 19 July 1999 / Accepted 26 November 1999


We have explored, in the general framework of the "young source" scenario, evolutionary models for GHz Peaked Spectrum (GPS) galaxies and quasars which reproduce the observed counts, redshift and peak frequency distributions of currently available samples. Substantially different cosmological evolution properties are found for the two populations: the quasar luminosity function must evolve strongly up to [FORMULA], while the data on galaxies may be consistent with no evolution. The models show that GPS sources (mostly quasars) may comprise quite a significant fraction of bright ([FORMULA]Jy) radio sources at [FORMULA]GHz if the intrinsic distribution of peak frequencies extends up to [FORMULA]GHz. In any case, however, their fraction decreases rapidly with decreasing flux and their contribution to small scale fluctuations in the frequency range covered by the forthcoming space missions MAP and Planck Surveyor is expected to be minor.

Key words: galaxies: active – quasars: general – cosmology: cosmic microwave background – radio continuum: galaxies – submillimeter

Send offprint requests to: G. De Zotti (dezotti@pd.astro.it)

© European Southern Observatory (ESO) 2000

Online publication: February 9, 2000