The effect of scattering on pulsar polarization angle
National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Jia-20 DaTun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100012, PR China
Corresponding author: J. L. Han, email@example.com
Accepted: 29 July 2003
The low-frequency profiles of some pulsars manifest temporal broadening due to scattering, usually accompanied by flat polarization position angle (PA) curves. Assuming that the scattering works on the 4 Stokes parameters in the same way, we have simulated the effect of scattering on polarization profiles and find that the scattering can indeed flatten the PA curves. Since the higher-frequency profiles suffer less from scattering, they are convolved with scattering models to fit the observed low-frequency profiles. The calculated flat PA curves exactly reproduce the corresponding observations.
Key words: pulsars: general
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