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Paper: Polarization of AGN Jets
Volume: 340, Future Directions in High Resolution Astronomy: The 10th Anniversary of the VLBA
Page: 133
Authors: Homan, D.C.
Abstract: The sensitivity, stability, and uniformity of calibration of the VLBA has revolutionized parsec-scale polarization studies of AGN jets. Not only does polarization probe the magnetic field structures of jets, serving as a hydrodynamic tracer of shocks, bends, and shear, but polarization also probes the medium through which it propagates by encoding the signature of Faraday effects along the line of sight. I review advances made by the VLBA in studying the polarization of jets to probe their magnetic field structures, properties of the jet plasma, and properties of the external environment. This review covers both linear and circular polarization and is set in the context of outstanding questions in the field.
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