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Vincenzo Galluzzi (INAF - Istituto di Radioastronomia)

Vincenzo Galluzzi Colloquium: Multi-frequency polarimetry of a complete sample of faint PACO sources

The Australia Telescope National Facility Colloquium
15:00-16:00 Wed 31 Jul 2019

Marsfield Lecture Theatre


The high-frequency (> 20 GHz), bright flux density (> 200 mJy) radio population is dominated by blazars. Their polarization properties are invaluable to study magnetic fields and plasma in the inner and unresolved regions of relativistic jets. For Cosmology, these objects constitute an important contaminant of CMB at scales smaller than 30’ up to 100 GHz, hence they hamper the detection of primordial B-modes associated to inflation. However, their properties are still poorly constrained: results in literature are easily affected by spectral, detection and variability-related biases.

We present an unbiased analysis of high sensitivity (σ_P ~ 0.6 mJy, ~90% detection rate at 5σ) multi-frequency (and multi-epoch) polarimetric observations for a complete sample of 104 compact extragalactic radio sources drawn from the faint (> 200 mJy at 20 GHz in total intensity) Planck-ATCA Coeval Observations (PACO) catalogue, performed with ATCA at 7 frequencies, over the 1.1-39 GHz frequency range. An ALMA project extends the analysis up to 100 GHz for a (complete) sub-sample of 32 objects. We classified our sources in terms of structural complexity, finding different behaviours in polarization fractions and position angles (PPA). We produce polarization differential source counts and assess forecasts for CMB studies.


Andrew Cameron

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