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Paper: New Insights into the Quasar Type 1/Type 2 Dichotomy from Correlations between Quasar Host Orientation and Polarization
Volume: 449, Astronomical Polarimetry 2008: Science from Small to Large Telescopes
Page: 459
Authors: Borguet, B.; Hutsemékers, D.; Letawe, G.; Letawe, Y.; Magain, P.
Abstract: We investigate correlations between the direction of the optical linear polarization and the orientation of the host galaxy/extended emission for type 1 and type 2 radio-loud and radio-quiet quasars. We have used high resolution Hubble Space Telescope data and a deconvolution process to obtain a good determination of the host galaxy/extended emission (EE) position angle. With these new measurements and a compilation of data from the literature, we find a significant correlation, different for type 1 and type 2 objects, between the linear polarization position angle and the orientation of the EE, suggesting scattering by an extended UV/blue region in both types of objects. Our observations support the extension of the Unification Model to the higher luminosity AGNs like the quasars, assuming a two component scattering model.
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