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Published February 8, 2017 | Published + Erratum
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OJ 287 as a Rotating Helix


We present preliminary data from high-cadence 15-GHz VLBA images of OJ 287 from 1995 to 2015. The ridgelines suggest that the jet is rotating, perhaps with a period of∼30 years. The EVPA of the core rotated by 240° in 2001–2002 and decreased slowly after that. The inner jet apparently moved to a new direction after the rotation,as shown by the emergence of a new component at a new PA at 43 GHz, in 2004. This was presaged by a strong rise in the flux density of the core, and then its sudden fall as the new component was identified. The equivalent sequence of events took place about 5 years later at 15 GHz, but in addition the core EVPA had a step in 2006 and moved to be aligned with the new 43-GHz component. The 15-GHz core became optically thin in 2006, but the angular resolution was insufficient to separate the new component from the core until 2010.

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© 2017 by the author. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Received: 6 September 2016 / Revised: 9 January 2017 / Accepted: 16 January 2017 / Published: 8 February 2017 (This article belongs to the Special Issue Blazars through Sharp Multi-wavelength Eyes) I am grateful to A. Pushkarev for calculating the ridgelines, and to the MOJAVE team for advice and suggestions. The authors declare no conflict of interest.


In an earlier paper it was erroneously stated that the inner jet of OJ 287 has a right-hand helical structure. In this addendum we show that the observations underlying this statement are ambiguous, and that they cannot determine the rotation sense.

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