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A millimetre/submillimetre polarization survey of compact flat-spectrum radio sources

Nartallo, R., Gear, Walter Kieran ORCID:, Murray, A. G., Robson, E. I. and Hough, J. H. 1998. A millimetre/submillimetre polarization survey of compact flat-spectrum radio sources. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 297 (3) , pp. 667-686. 10.1046/j.1365-8711.1998.01405.x

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We present the results of the first survey and monitoring study of the linear polarization properties of compact, flat-spectrum radio sources at mm/submm wavelengths and discuss the implications of the inferred magnetic field structure for the emission models involving shock waves in relativistic jets on subparsec scales. We find significant polarization in most sources but, in general, the magnetic field on subparsec scales is less well ordered than on parsec scales. We observe no difference in polarization properties between the BL Lac objects and compact flat-spectrum quasars at these wavelengths. Although we find the behaviour of some sources, particularly the most highly polarized, to be very consistent with the predictions of transverse shock-in-jet models, the detailed behaviour of most objects is not. Conical shock structures can more readily explain the observed diverse behaviour of the sample, although some degree of bending of the jet may still be necessary in some cases.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Uncontrolled Keywords: polarization; instrumentation: polarimeters; BL Lacertae objects: general; galaxies: jets; quasars: general; radio continuum: galaxies
Publisher: John Wiley
ISSN: 0035-8711
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 09:17

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