Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2008

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Physics and Astronomy

First Advisor

Martin K. Pohl

Abstract

Polarized radio emission from synchrotron radiation can give us unique information about the structure and amplitude of the magnetic fields in supernova remnants. This has implications for theories of particle acceleration at the forward shock of the SNR, in particular those that involve a strong amplification of the magnetic field through cosmic ray-induced instabilities. This turbulent magnetic field is modeled and I calculate the expected characteristics of polarized synchrotron emission and the effects of Faraday rotation as the radiation propagates through the source. The effects of an underlying homogeneous magnetic field or a compressed shock are also studied. Finally, constraints for realistic parameters describing the magnetic turbulence in the region downstream of the shock are discussed.

Copyright Owner

Wendy Jane Stroman

Language

en

Date Available

2012-04-30

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

36 pages

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