The linear polarization of non-thermal emission encodes information about the structure of the magnetic fields, either from the region where the emission is produced (i.e., the intrinsic polarization angle) and/or from the screens of magnetized plasma that may be located on its way towards Earth (i.e., the effect of Faraday rotation). In addition, the variability timescale of the polarized emission, or its Faraday rotation, can be used to estimate the size of the region where the emission (or the Faraday rotation) originates. The observation of polarized emission from active galactic nuclei (AGN) and, in particular, its time evolution, also provides information about the critical role that magnetic fields may play in the process of jet launching and propagation. In this paper, we review some recent results about polarization variability from the cores of AGN jets, including observations at high spatial resolutions and/or at high radio frequencies.

High-frequency polarization variability from active galactic nuclei

Goddi C.
2021

Abstract

The linear polarization of non-thermal emission encodes information about the structure of the magnetic fields, either from the region where the emission is produced (i.e., the intrinsic polarization angle) and/or from the screens of magnetized plasma that may be located on its way towards Earth (i.e., the effect of Faraday rotation). In addition, the variability timescale of the polarized emission, or its Faraday rotation, can be used to estimate the size of the region where the emission (or the Faraday rotation) originates. The observation of polarized emission from active galactic nuclei (AGN) and, in particular, its time evolution, also provides information about the critical role that magnetic fields may play in the process of jet launching and propagation. In this paper, we review some recent results about polarization variability from the cores of AGN jets, including observations at high spatial resolutions and/or at high radio frequencies.
Blazars; Gamma rays; General; Polarization; Quasars
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