The Orientation of the Magnetic Field in Radio Sources

Publication Type

Journal Article

Date Published

11/1975

Abstract

Recent data on the polarization of extragalactic radio sources are used to investigate the distribution of Delta, the angle between the major axis of a source and the intrinsic position angle of the E vector of linear polarization. Previous work on this subject has led to widely divergent conclusions. It is found that sources of high radio luminosity usually have Delta near 90 deg, implying that the magnetic fields in such sources are oriented along the major axis. For radio galaxies with low luminosity, on the other hand, Delta tends to lie nearer zero deg.

Journal

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Volume

173

Year of Publication

1975
53P

Pagination

53P-56P
Research Areas