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Paper: Exploring Weak Magnetic Fields with LOFAR and SKA
Volume: 407, The Low-Frequency Radio Universe
Page: 33
Authors: Arshakian, T.G.; Beck, R.
Abstract: Regular magnetic field structures can be derived from the Faraday rotation measures (RM) of polarized background sources observable at 1.4 GHz with the SKA. At lower frequencies (< 250 MHz) polarimetry of radio sources with the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) will allow the investigation of extremely small RM, to detect and map weak regular fields in halos and outer parts of spiral galaxies, and in the interstellar and intergalactic medium. Very little is known yet about the number density of polarized sources at low frequencies. Observed distributions of polarized sources at 350 MHz and 1.4 GHz and perspectives to detect weak magnetic fields with LOFAR are presented. Test observations of polarized radio sources with the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT) and the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) are discussed.
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