Magnetic field studies in BL lacertae through faraday rotation and a novel astrometric technique

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It is thought that dynamically important helical magnetic fields twisted by the differential rotation of the black hole's accretion disk or ergosphere play an important role in the launching, acceleration, and collimation of active galactic nuclei (AGN) jets. We present multi-frequency astrometric and polarimetric Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) images at 15, 22, and 43 GHz, as well as Faraday rotation analyses of the jet in BL Lacertae as part of a sample of AGN jets aimed to probe the magnetic field structure at the innermost scales to test jet formation models. The novel astrometric technique applied allows us to obtain the absolute position at mm wavelengths without any external calibrator.

Peer-reviewedYes
Original languageEnglish
Article number97
JournalGalaxies
Volume5
Issue number4
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StatePublished - 12 Dec 2017


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