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JVLA wideband polarimetry observations on a sample of high Rotation Measure sources.

  1. Max-Planck Institut für Radioastronomie (MPIfR), Auf dem Hügel 69, D-53121 Bonn, Germany
  2. Instituto de Radioastronomía y Astrofísica (IRyA-UNAM), Antigua Carretera a Pátzcuaro 8701, 58089 Morelia, Michoacán, México
  3. Instituto de Astronomía (IA-UNAM), San Jose Insurgentes, Ciudad de México, México
  4. Istituto di Radioastronomia (IRA-INAF), Via Gobetti 101, I-40129 Bologna, Italy
Version 1 : Received: 17 July 2016 / Approved: 18 July 2016 / Online: 18 July 2016 (10:54:35 CEST)

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Pasetto, A.; Carrasco-González, C.; Bruni, G.; Basu, A.; O’Sullivan, S.; Kraus, A.; Mack, K.-H. JVLA Wideband Polarimetry Observations on a Sample of High Rotation Measure Sources. Galaxies 2016, 4, 66. Pasetto, A.; Carrasco-González, C.; Bruni, G.; Basu, A.; O’Sullivan, S.; Kraus, A.; Mack, K.-H. JVLA Wideband Polarimetry Observations on a Sample of High Rotation Measure Sources. Galaxies 2016, 4, 66.

Journal reference: Galaxies 2016, 4, 66
DOI: 10.3390/galaxies4040066

Abstract

We present preliminary results of JVLA wideband full polarization observations of a sample of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) with very high Rotation Measure (RM) values, sign of extreme environment. The polarization properties show a complex behaviour with the polarization angle (PA) and the fractional polarization (fp) that dramatically change within the wideband. The measured RM is not constant within the wide band. Its complex behaviour reflects the complexity of the medium with the presence of several Faraday components. The depolarization have been studied, modeling the Stokes parameters Q and U together with the polarization parameters (PA and fp) with wavelength by applying combinations of the simplest existing depolarisation models. With this JVLA study we could spectrally resolve multiple polarized components of unresolved AGN. These preliminary results reveal the complexity of these objects, still improvements have to be done on the depolairzation modeling to better understand the polarization structure of these sources.

Subject Areas

AGN; polarimetry

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