Radio Emission from High-redshift Active Galactic Nuclei in the JADES and CEERS Surveys

Muhammad A. Latif, Ammara Aftab, Daniel J. Whalen

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Recent calculations indicate that radio emission from quasars at z ∼ 6-7 could be detected at much earlier stages of evolution, at z ∼ 14-15, by the Next-Generation Very Large Array (ngVLA) and the Square Kilometer Array (SKA). However, the James Webb Space Telescope has now discovered less luminous active galactic nuclei (AGNs) at z > 4 and a few massive black holes (BHs) at z > 10, which may be the progenitors of supermassive black holes (SMBHs) but at different stages of growth. Radio detections of these new AGNs would provide complementary measures of their properties and those of their host galaxies. Here we estimate radio flux densities for 19 new AGNs found by the JADES, CEERS, and UNCOVER surveys. We find that ngVLA should be able to detect most of these sources in targeted surveys with integration times of 10-100 hr (and in just 1 hr for a few of them) but most would require at least 100 hr of SKA time in spite of its greater sensitivities at low frequencies. In some cases, radio emission from the BH can be distinguished from that of H ii regions and supernovae in their host galaxies, which could be used to estimate their star formation rates. Such detections would be yet another example of the useful synergies between near-infrared and radio telescopes in SMBH science in the coming decade.

Original languageEnglish
Article number251
JournalAstronomical Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2024

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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