Polarization of radiation scattered in magnetized turbulent envelopes
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2 Main Astronomical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Pulkovo, St.Petersburg 196140, Russia
Accepted: 25 November 2005
We consider the single scattering of the non-polarized radiation of a central star on the electrons of a plasma circumstellar envelope. We assume that such an envelope is magnetized and consists of a turbulent plasma. Two types of envelopes are considered: a spherical envelope with the dipole magnetic field and a cone-like jet with the radial magnetic field. It is shown that the existence of turbulent motions in the envelopes drastically changes the polarization degree spectrum and the positional angle spectrum of scattered radiation compared to the non-turbulent case. The difference in spectra can be used to estimate the ratio for the energy of magnetic fluctuations to the energy of a regular magnetic field.
Key words: polarization / magnetic fields
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