Polarimetry at UKIRT
Polarimetry has played an important role at UKIRT, both through visitor instruments and as an option on most facility instruments. A large range of science has been carried out covering galactic and extragalactic astronomy. To date, 93 refereed papers have been published, including the very first refereed UKIRT paper published in Nature in 1980, using observations taken in November 1979, soon after UKIRT opened. This paper outlines the development of polarimetry at UKIRT and also includes some of the many science programmes carried out over the last 30 years.
KeywordsAccretion Disk Radio Galaxy Magnesium Fluoride Infrared Channel Wollaston Prism
I would like to thank the UKIRT staff who gave tremendous support during my many visits to UKIRT, particularly when bringing the HATPOL instruments which then required ISU2 and any facility instruments to be taken off the telescope. Not to be welcomed at 14,000 ft.