Polarimetry of External Galaxies

J. Hough

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Abstract

This review presents results to date on the wavelength dependence of interstellar polarization (ISP) in other galaxies. A number of different techniques are discussed, and galaxy types range from those similar to the Milky Way Galaxy through to high-redshift radio galaxies. Although data are both sparse and generally limited in wavelength coverage, it appears that the ISP curves are similar to those in the Galaxy, indicating that the properties of dust grains responsible for producing the ISP vary little between different galaxy types. The advantages of using radio polarization maps to determine the magnetic field structure in galaxies is emphasized.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIn: Polarimetry of the interstellar medium. ASP Conference Series 97
PublisherAstronomical Society of the Pacific
Pages569-586
ISBN (Print)1-886733-18-X
Publication statusPublished - 1996

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