Multifrequency Polarization Variations in the Quasar 0917+624
Qian Shanjie1; A Kraus2; Zhang Xizhen1; A Witzel2; J A Zensus2; T P Krichbaum2
Source PublicationChinese Journal of Astronomy and Astrophysics
AbstractWe present a detailed analysis of multi-frequency observations of linear polarization in the intraday variable quasar 0917+624 (z = 1.44). The observations were made in May 1989 at five frequencies (1.4, 2.7, 5.0, 8.3 and 15 GHz) with the VLA and the Effelsberg 100 m-telescope and in December 1988 at two frequencies (2.7 and 5.0 GHz) with the latter. It is shown that the relationship between the variations of the polarized and total flux density is highly wavelength dependent, and the multi-frequency polarization behavior may be essential for investigating the mechanisms causing these variations. It is shown that the variations observed at 20 cm can be interpreted in terms of refractive interstellar scintillation. However, after subtracting the variation due to scintillation, three 'features' emerged in the light-curve of the polarized flux density, indicating an additional variable component. Interestingly, these features are shown to be correlated with the variations at 2-6 cm, thus indicating that these features and the associated variations are due to some intrinsic causes. Moreover, a very rapid polarization angle swing of similar to180 observed in December 1988 which cannot be explained by refractive interstellar scintillation, may also be produced by an intrinsic mechanism. Accordingly, we use a shock model to explain the polarization variations observed at the higher frequencies, although scintillation could also exist. The shock model can explain not only the variation of intensity, but also the time variation of its degree and angle of polarization, including the rapid swing of the polarization angle. It is shown that the degree and angle of polarization of the shock need only vary slightly in order to account for the observed complicated behaviour of polarization.
Document Type期刊论文
2.Max-Planck-Institut fur Radioastronomie, Auf dem Hugel 69, 53121 Bonn
First Author AffilicationNational Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences
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Qian Shanjie,A Kraus,Zhang Xizhen,et al. Multifrequency Polarization Variations in the Quasar 0917+624[J]. Chinese Journal of Astronomy and Astrophysics,2002,2(4):325.
APA Qian Shanjie,A Kraus,Zhang Xizhen,A Witzel,J A Zensus,&T P Krichbaum.(2002).Multifrequency Polarization Variations in the Quasar 0917+624.Chinese Journal of Astronomy and Astrophysics,2(4),325.
MLA Qian Shanjie,et al."Multifrequency Polarization Variations in the Quasar 0917+624".Chinese Journal of Astronomy and Astrophysics 2.4(2002):325.
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