That jetted active galactic nuclei (AGN) are also hosted in spiral galaxies is now well established. Our understanding of how such objects might fit in the radio loud AGN subclass has been described by Foschini and others over the past decade in that jets in spirals are weaker than those of radio galaxies and quasars because the black holes in spirals tend to be less massive. Recent data, however, may be pointing to a different picture which we describe. Unlike powerful jetted AGN in ellipticals, we illustrate from model perspectives, features of jets in spirals responsible for limiting both their power as well as their effect on their host galaxies. AGN triggered by secular processes fail to generate jet re-orientation, a key ingredient in the jetted AGN feedback mechanism in merger-triggered ellipticals that leads to the red-and-dead radio galaxies at low redshift such as M87. As a result, jetted AGN in spirals tend to live in a separate part of the parameter space compared to radio galaxies and quasars. Because of the absence of jet re-orientation and due to the relatively short-lived jet phases, jetted AGN in spirals are best compared to radio quiet or jetless AGN than any other jetted AGN subclass.
- (Galaxies) quasars: supermassive black holes
- Galaxies: active
- Galaxies: nuclei
- Radio continuum: galaxies