Circular Polarization from Stochastic Synchrotron Sources

@article{Ruszkowski2002CircularPF,
  title={Circular Polarization from Stochastic Synchrotron Sources},
  author={Mateusz Ruszkowski and Mitchell C. Begelman},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2002},
  volume={573},
  pages={485-495}
}
The transfer of polarized radiation in stochastic synchrotron sources is explored by means of analytic treatment and Monte Carlo simulations. We argue that the main mechanism responsible for the circular polarization properties compact synchrotron sources is likely to be Faraday conversion and that, contrary to common expectation, a significant rate of Faraday rotation does not necessarily imply strong depolarization. The long-term persistence of the sign of circular polarization, observed in… Expand
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