Faraday conversion in turbulent blazar jets
MacDonald, Nicholas Roy
Marscher, Alan P.
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Citation (published version)NR MacDonald, AP Marscher. 2018. "Faraday Conversion in Turbulent Blazar Jets." The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 862, https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/aacc62
Low (≲1%) levels of circular polarization (CP) detected at radio frequencies in the relativistic jets of some blazars can provide insight into the underlying nature of the jet plasma. CP can be produced through linear birefringence, in which initially linearly polarized emission produced in one region of the jet is altered by Faraday rotation as it propagates through other regions of the jet with varying magnetic field orientation. Marscher has begun a study of jets with such magnetic geometries using the turbulent extreme multi-zone (TEMZ) model, in which turbulent plasma crossing a standing shock in the jet is represented by a collection of thousands of individual plasma cells, each with distinct magnetic field orientations. Here we develop a radiative transfer scheme that allows the numerical TEMZ code to produce simulated images of the time-dependent linearly and circularly polarized intensity at different radio frequencies. In this initial study, we produce synthetic polarized emission maps that highlight the linear and circular polarization expected within the model.