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Paper: Polarimetry of Galactic Discs: A Brief Review
Volume: 449, Astronomical Polarimetry 2008: Science from Small to Large Telescopes
Page: 405
Authors: Packham, C.; Young, S.; Axon, D. J.
Abstract: This paper reviews galactic discs observed in polarimetry at optical to mid-IR (MIR) wavelengths. Polarization maps of galaxies can be used as probes of galactic dust chemistry, dust distribution, and of the large-scale magnetic fields that thread through galaxies. Whilst polarimeters have been available to galaxy researchers for numerous years, it became clear during the literature survey for this review that there has been relatively little research performed in this field, either observationally or theoretically. This paper therefore concentrates on a limited number of papers in greater detail, and discusses the closely related field of activity in galactic nuclei (AGN). After providing this disclaimer, we apologize to those authors whose work is not included in this review.
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