The Polarizing Properties of Dust in NGC 5128

  • S. M. Scarrott
  • Ramon D. Wolstencroft
Conference paper
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 209)


It is well established from radio and optical polarization measurements that relatively quiescent spiral galaxies possess large-scale magnetic fields which are believed to be generated by some form of dynamo action. In addition, several dust lane galaxies of quite different morphologies also show optical polarization that has been interpreted in terms of large-scale magnetic fields in the equatorial planes of these systems (Scarrott 1996).


Equatorial Plane Spiral Galaxy Wavelength Dependence Optical Polarization Dynamo Action 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. M. Scarrott
    • 1
  • Ramon D. Wolstencroft
    • 2
  1. 1.University of DurhamDurhamUK
  2. 2.Royal ObservatoryEdinburghScotland

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