Volume 385, Number 1, April I 2002
|Page(s)||55 - 61|
|Section||Cosmology (including clusters of galaxies)|
|Published online||15 April 2002|
Analysis of the long-term polarization behaviour of BL Lac*
Astronomical Institute of St. Petersburg State University, Universitetsky pr. 28, 198504 St. Petersburg, Russia
2 Isaac Newton Institute of Chile, St. Petersburg Branch, Russia
3 Institute for Astrophysical Research, Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215, USA
4 Stockholm Observatory, 13336 Saltsjöbaden, Sweden
Corresponding author: V. A. Hagen-Thorn, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 22 January 2002
An analysis is performed of polarimetric and photometric observations of BL Lac carried out in 1969–1991 at the Astronomical Institute of St. Petersburg State University. The distribution of polarization directions certainly points to the existence of the preferred direction of polarization () close to the direction of the jet observed by VLBI. High polarization degree and colorimetric data are evidence of the synchrotron nature of the variable source. The relative Stokes parameters are distributed normally over some mean value. The correlations between different parameters characterizing the flux density and polarization of the central point source allow us to consider that in BL Lac there is a continually acting source of polarized radiation on which the sources with randomly distributed polarization directions are superimposed.
Key words: BL Lac objects: individual: BL Lac / techniques: polarimetric
© ESO, 2002
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