Radio galaxies were observed for the first time at 150 GHz. The central sources in Cyg A and 3C Ill were detected, as were the two radio lobes of Cyg A. No emission was found from the central source in 3C 236. Each of these three central sources has been previously discussed as the site of the energy supply for the associated distant components. The millimeter-wavelength emission from the central sources in Cyg A and 3C 111 is probably due in each case to a compact component that is optically thin to synchrotron radiation above about 35 GHz. These components are similar, although the compact component in 3C 111 is more luminous at both radio and X-ray wavelengths than the one in Cyg A. The 3C 111 central source was much weaker than anticipated on the basis of prior observations at 90 GHz, perhaps due to variability. Even at 150 GHz, there is no evidence of a high-frequency cutoff in the spectrum of the central source in Cyg A, and variability of this source also is expected. The flux densities of the Cyg A lobes are consistent with the power laws derived at lower frequencies, indicating that no steepening occurs in their spectra out to at least 150 GHz. There is no evidence for a compact, optically thick component in 3C 236.
Kafatos, M., Hobbs, R.W., Maran, S.P., Brown, L.W. (1980) 150 GHz Observations of Three Radio Galaxies, Astrophysical Journal, 235:18-21. doi: 10.1086/157603