Editors: Pau Amaro-Seoane & Bernard Schutz
The last GW Note is a Special Issues on eLISA/NGO

Optical polarization angle and VLBI jet direction in the binary black hole model of OJ287

arXiv:1111.1539

by Valtonen, Mauri J. and Villforth, Carolin and Wiik, Kaj
to appear in Monthly Notices of Royal Astronomical Society

We study the variation of the optical polarization angle in the blazar OJ287 and compare it with the precessing binary black hole model with a ‘live’ accretion disk. First, a model of the variation of the jet direction is calculated, and the main parameters of the model are fixed by the long term optical brightness evolution. Then this model is compared with the variation of the parsec scale radio jet position angle in the sky. Finally, the variation of the polarization angle is calculated using the same model, but using a magnetic field configuration which is at a constant angle relative to the optical jet. It is found that the model fits the data reasonably well if the field is almost parallel to the jet axis. This may imply a steady magnetic field geometry, such as a large-scale helical field.

Comments are closed.