In this paper we analyze the relation between radio, optical continuum and Ha +[N ii] emission from the cores of a sample of 21 nearby Fanaroff and Riley type I galaxies as observed with the VLBA and HST. The emission arises inside the inner tens of parsecs of the galaxies. Core radio emission is observed in 19/20 galaxies, optical core continuum emission is detected in 12/21 galaxies and Ha+[N ii] core emission is detected in 20/21 galaxies. We confirm the recently detected linear correlation between radio and optical core emission in FR I galaxies and show that both core emissions also correlate with central Ha+[N ii] emission. The tight correlations between radio, optical, and Ha+[N ii] core emission constrain the bulk Lorentz factor to y~ 2–5 and y <~ 2 for a continuous jet and a jet consisting of discrete blobs, respectively, assuming jet-viewing angles in the range 30° –90° . Radio and optical core emissions are likely to be synchrotron radiation from the inner jet, possibly with a significant contribution from emission by an accretion disk and/or flow. Elliptical galaxies with LINER nuclei without large-scale radio jets seem to follow the core emission correlations found in FR I galaxies. This suggests that the central engines could be very similar for the two classes of active galactic nuclei (Refer to PDF file for exact formulas).

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Also archived in: arXiv: astro-ph/0112356 v2 18 Dec 2001 Support for this work was provided by NASA through grant GO-06673.01-95A from the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under NASA contract NAS 5-26555. It is a pleasure to thank Michele Cappellari for careful reading of the manuscript and useful suggestions, and the referee for helpful suggestions that improved the manuscript. We thank Aaron Barth for pointing out a significant typo in an earlier version of the paper.ISSN:1538-3881 Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works in February 2014.

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