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Astronomical Institute, St.-Petersburg State University, St.-Petersburg 198504, Russia

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Institute for Astrophysical Research, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215, USA

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Steward Observatory, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA





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Abstract Large and variable polarization is an inherent property of a majority of blazars. Systematic rotations of the polarization vector have been claimed for several blazars. In some cases, however, the reality of these rotations may be questionable. We suggest an additional method for the verification of the reality of polarization position angle rotations based on the correlation of the normalized Stokes parameters. View Full-Text

Keywords: blazars; polarimetry; methods of analysis blazars; polarimetry; methods of analysis





Author: Valeri M. Larionov 1,* , Svetlana G. Jorstad 1,2, Alan P. Marscher 2 and Paul S. Smith 3

Source: http://mdpi.com/



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