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2013MNRAS.428.1565D - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 428, 1565-1578 (2013/January-2)

The orientation and polarization of broad absorption line quasars.

DIPOMPEO M.A., BROTHERTON M.S. and DE BREUCK C.

Abstract (from CDS):

We present new spectropolarimetric observations of eight radio-loud broad absorption line (BAL) quasars, and combine these new data with our previous spectropolarimetric atlases (of both radio-loud and radio-quiet objects; DiPompeo et al. 2010, DiPompeo et al. 2011a) in order to investigate the polarization properties of BAL quasars as a group. The total (radio-selected) sample includes 36 (26) high-ionization and 22 (15) low-ionization BAL quasars (HiBALs and LoBALs, respectively). On average, we confirm that broad emission lines are polarized at a level similar to or less than the continuum and broad absorption troughs are more highly polarized, but we note that these properties are not true for all individual objects. Of the whole sample, 18 (31percent) have high (>2percent) continuum polarization, including 45percent of the LoBALs and 22percent of the HiBALs. We identify a few correlations between polarization and other quasar properties, as well as some interesting non-correlations. In particular, continuum polarization does not correlate with radio spectral index, which suggests that the polarization is not due to a standard geometry and preferred viewing angle to BAL quasars. The polarization also does not correlate with the amount of intrinsic dust reddening, indicating that the polarization is not solely due to direct light attenuation either. Polarization does appear to depend on the minimum BAL outflow velocity, confirming the results of previous studies and it may correlate with the maximum outflow velocity. We also find that continuum polarization anticorrelates with the polarization in the Civ broad emission and broad absorption. These results suggest that the polarization of BAL quasars cannot be described by one simple model, and that the scatterer location and geometry can vary significantly from object to object.

Abstract Copyright: © 2012 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society (2012)

Journal keyword(s): polarization - quasars: absorption lines - quasars: emission lines - quasars: general

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