We define a complete sample of thirty-three GHz-Peaked-Spectrum (GPS) radio sources based on their spectral properties. We present measurements of the radio spectra and polarization of the complete sample and a list of additional GPS sources which fail one or more criteria to be included in the complete sample. The majority of the data have been obtained from quasi-simultaneous multi-frequency observations at the Very Large Array (VLA) during 3 observing sessions. Low frequency data from theWesterbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT) and from the literature have been combined with the VLA data in order to better define the spectral shape. The objects presented here show a rather wide range of spectral indices at high and low frequencies, including a few cases where the spectral index below the turnover is close to the theoretical value of 2.5 typical of self-absorbed incoherent synchrotron emission. Faint and diffuse extended emission is found in about 10% of the sources. In the majority of the GPS sources, the fractional polarization is found to be very low, consistent with the residual instrumental polarization of 0.3 %.

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Also archived in: arXiv: astro-ph/9803222 v1 18 Mar 1998 We thank Ger de Bruyn for advice on the reduction of the WSRT observations and Wim De Vries for comments on the manuscript. C.S. wishes to thank the STScI Collaborative Visitor Program for providing support for his visits. The VLA is operated by the U.S. National Radio Astronomy Observatory which is operated by Associated Universities, Inc., under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation. The Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope is operated by the Netherlands Foundation for Research in Astronomy (NFRA) which is financially supported by the Netherlands organization for scientific research (NWO) in the Hague. We have made use of the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database, operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with NASA.ISSN:1286-4846 Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works in February 2014.

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