The RoboPol Program: Optical Polarimetric Monitoring of Blazars

Dmitry Blinov, Vasiliki Pavlidou

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Abstract

After three years of polarimetric monitoring of blazars, the RoboPol project has uncovered several key characteristics of polarimetric rotations in the optical for these most variable sources. The most important of these is that polarization properties of the synchrotron emission in the optical appear to be directly linked with gamma-ray activity. In this paper, we discuss the evidence for this connection, as well as the broader features of polarimetric behavior in blazars that are key in making progress with theoretical modeling of blazar emission.
Original languageEnglish
Article number46
Pages (from-to)46
Number of pages14
JournalGalaxies
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2019

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Blinov, Dmitry ; Pavlidou, Vasiliki. / The RoboPol Program: Optical Polarimetric Monitoring of Blazars. In: Galaxies. 2019 ; Vol. 7, No. 2. pp. 46.
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In: Galaxies, Vol. 7, No. 2, 46, 10.04.2019, p. 46.

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