Optical and infrared polarimetry and photometry of blazars

A.R.G. Mead, K.R. Ballard, P.W.J.L. Brand, J. Hough, C. Brindle, J. Bailey

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We have carried out a polarization study of 44 blazars and candidate blazars at optical and near-infrared frequencies covering the period 1986 August to 1988 February. The data show flux and polarization properties changing on internight timescales, and commonly exhibit frequency dependence of a spectral index, polarization and polarization position angle. The observations of the quasar 1253 - 055(3C279) showed a U-band polarization of 45.5 ± 0.9%, the highest ever seen in a blazar. The interpretation of the data is the subject of a further paper (Ballard et al., 1989).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-204
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics: Supplement Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1990


  • BL Lacertae objects
  • quasars
  • visible spectrum


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