Polarimetry: a powerful diagnostic tool in astronomy

J. Hough

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Knowledge of the polarization state of radiation provides far more astrophysical information than intensity alone. Polarimetry has played a key role in the development of modern astronomy, providing insight into physical processes occurring in systems to high-redshift galaxies. The focus of this article is on the many opportunities polarimetry presents to virtually all areas of astronomy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-35
JournalAstronomy and Geophysics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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