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Coordinated multisite observations of the variability of BL Lac

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  • C. Brindle
  • J. Hough
  • J. Bailey
  • D.J. Axon
  • H. Schulz
  • S. Kikuchi
  • J.T. McGraw
  • W.J. Wisniewski
  • J. Fontaine
  • D. Nadesu
  • G. Clayton
  • E. Anderson
  • R.F. Jameson
  • D. Nadesu
  • G. Clayton
  • E. Anderson
  • R.F. Jameson
  • R. Smith
  • R.E. Wallis
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)619-638
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Journal publication date1985
Publication statusPublished - 1985


The authors present the results of multisite observations of the optical polarization of BL Lac, together with some flux measurements, at a time when BL Lac was relatively faint. The level of polarization varies in a manner similar to that reported by Moore et al., although the position angle behaviour is quite different, varying only a small amount from a mean of 28°. Models are presented to account for the observed polarization behaviour of BL Lac. The best model is one consisting of two polarized components, one having a variable polarization, intensity and random position angle, and the other a fixed polarization, intensity and position angle. The authors tentatively identify this latter component as being associated with the inner region of the optical jet of BL Lac.


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