A New Catalog of Faraday Rotation Measures and Redshifts for Extragalactic Radio Sources

Дата и время публикации : 2012-09-07T02:29:16Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
Alison M. Hammond (The University of Sydney)
Timothy Robishaw (The University of Sydney)
B. M. Gaensler (The University of Sydney)

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Коментарии к cтатье: Catalogs of RM & RRM vs. z are at http://www.sifa.org.au/Main/RMCatalogue, although note that we have identified an issue with the foreground model used to convert RMs into RRMs. We are generating a new RRM catalogue that resolves this issue, and will release it as soon as possible. In the meantime, the data in Table 5 should be used at your own risk. The data in Table 3 are unaffected
Первичная категория: astro-ph.CO

Все категории : astro-ph.CO, astro-ph.GA

Краткий обзор статьи: We present a catalog of Faraday rotation measures (RMs) and redshifts for 4003 extragalactic radio sources detected at 1.4 GHz, derived by identifying optical counterparts and spectroscopic redshifts for linearly polarized radio sources from the NRAO VLA Sky Survey. This catalog is more than an order of magnitude larger than any previous sample of RM vs. redshift, and covers the redshift range 0 < z < 5.3 ; the median redshift of the catalog is z = 0.70, and there are more than 1500 sources at redshifts z > 1. For 3650 of these sources at Galactic latitudes |b| >= 20 degrees, we present a second catalog in which we have corrected for the foreground Faraday rotation of the Milky Way, resulting in an estimate of the residual rotation measure (RRM) that aims to isolate the contribution from extragalactic magnetic fields. We find no significant evolution of RRM with redshift, but observe a strong anti-correlation between RRM and fractional polarization, p, that we argue is the result of beam depolarization from small-scale fluctuations in the foreground magnetic field or electron density. We suggest that the observed variance in RRM and the anti-correlation of RRM with p both require a population of magnetized intervening objects that lie outside the Milky Way but in the foreground to the emitting sources.

Category: Physics