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Optical linear polarimetry in astrophysics

May. 18 - 14:30 - 2023

Speaker: Santiago Gonzalez (CENTRA-IST)

Title: Optical linear polarimetry in astrophysics


Polarimetry of the light provides unique insights into multiple astrophysical processes in the Universe that cannot be inferred from usual intensity observations. In this talk we review the importance of optical polarimetry in three different astrophysical systems: i) active galactic nuclei: supermassive black holes surrounded by accretion disks at the center of major galaxies, ii) kilonovae: the optical emission of compact neutron star mergers that are preceded by gravitational wave emission, and iii) supernovae: the explosive end of massive stars or of white dwarfs in binary systems. We discuss how different theoretical models of the progenitor and physical processes of these systems shape the predicted optical linear polarimetry and compare them to current observations. We pay particular attention to the systematic bias of interstellar polarization from dust in the line of sight.

Room: Sala de Reuniões e Seminários (2-8.3) (2nd Floor of Physics Building)

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