We have used high resolution longslit spectroscopy to investigate the ionized gas in the active galaxy IRAS 04210+0400 and its association with the radio structure. We suggest that two of the ionized components are associated with the central double radio source and observe that the relative positions of these components vary for different emission lines. Both results are consistent with the radio components representing the working surfaces of a pair of jets emerging from the centre of the galaxy. In this scenario, the optical emission in the centre arises behind the bowshocks produced by the jets in the interstellar medium. The emission lines are detected and show a dramatic ( 900 km s−1) spread in velocity at the position of the radio lobe hotspots. We suggest a model which explains this phenomenon as the result of a jet head emerging through the boundary between the interstellar and intergalactic medium. A similar scenario has previously been suggested as a model to explain wide angle tail radio sources (WAT’s). Based on this model, we simulate the longslit spectra of these regions and compare the results with the observations. (Refer to PDF file for exact formulas).

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Also archived in: arXiv:astro-ph/9510001 v1 2 Oct 1995 AJH and WS acknowledge the receipt of a PPARC studentship and PPARC research associateship respectively.ISSN:1365-2966 Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works in February 2014.

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