A team of researchers has shown a way to determine the origins and nature of quasar light by its polarization. The new approach is analogous to the way cinema glasses produce a 3D image by feeding each eye with the light of a particular polarization: either horizontal or vertical. The authors managed to distinguish between the light coming from different parts of quasars -- their disks and jets -- by discerning its distinct polarizations.
- Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
- Russian Science Foundation