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Volume 372, Number 1, June II 2001
Page(s) 276 - 280
Section Diffuse matter in space
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20010328

A&A 372, 276-280 (2001)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20010328

Interstellar polarization at high galactic latitudes from distant stars

IV. A catalog of polarization data for the North Galactic Pole Area
A. Berdyugin1, P. Teerikorpi1, L. Haikala2, 3, M. Hanski1, J. Knude4 and T. Markkanen3

1  Tuorla Observatory, 21500 Piikkiö, Finland
    e-mail: pekkatee@astro.utu.fi; mhanski@astro.utu.fi
2  European Southern Observatory, Casilla 19001, Santiago, Chile
    e-mail: lhaikala@eso.org
3  Observatory and Astrophysics Laboratory, PO Box 14 00014, Helsinki University, Finland
    e-mail: tapio.markkanen@helsinki.fi
4  Niels Bohr Institute for Astronomy, Geophysics and Physics, Juliane Maries Vej 32, 2100 Kobenhavn O, Denmark
    e-mail: indus@astro.ku.dk

(Received 11 December 2000 / Accepted 5 March 2001)

We present a catalog of interstellar polarization measurements for the North Galactic Pole area ( $b > 70\degr$). Our list contains 336 stars of spectral classes from A to K for which the linear polarization has been measured by us and other researchers. The data are useful for investigation of the distribution of dust, to estimate the amount of interstellar extinction and to map Galactic magnetic field at high galactic latitudes. We discuss also the data selection, sampling and completeness of the catalog.

Key words: polarization -- dust, extinction -- solar neighbourhood

Offprint request: A. Berdyugin, andrei@astro.utu.fi

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