The dust enshrouded quasar in the ultraluminous galaxy Markarian 463: radio, near-infrared, and optical imaging.
New imaging data are presented at radio, near-infrared, and optical wavelengths to elucidate the processes associated with the ongoing merger and nuclear activity in Mrk 463. Imaging at 20 cm reveals previously unknown components 4 arcsec north and 18 arcsec south of Mrk 463E, and a source 10 arcsec to the northwest which is believed to be linked to the nuclear region. The western nucleus, Mrk 463W, was detected at 6 and 20 cm; it has a radio luminosity comparable to that of a moderately luminous Seyfert galaxy or a highly luminous starburst galaxy. Near-infrared images at wavelengths less than 2.3 microns show the two nuclei; only Mrk 463E has been detected at 3.7 microns. Brightness profiles of Mrk 463E are unresolved at K and L-prime, but extended at J. It is inferred from the fact that radio continuum components 4-18 kpc from the nucleus are aligned with previously known 0.05-1.5 kpc radio structure and extended conical O-III forbidden omission lines that Mrk 463E is powering weak radio lobes and therefore exemplifies a transition between the confined linear sources in Seyfert galaxies and the extended lobes in classical quasars and radio galaxies.