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See detailEvidence for the alignment of quasar radio polarizations with large quasar group axes
Pelgrims, Vincent ULg; Hutsemekers, Damien ULg

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2016)

Recently, evidence has been presented for the polarization vectors from quasars to preferentially align with the axes of the large quasar groups (LQG) to which they belong. This report was based on ... [more ▼]

Recently, evidence has been presented for the polarization vectors from quasars to preferentially align with the axes of the large quasar groups (LQG) to which they belong. This report was based on observations made at optical wavelengths for two large quasar groups at redshift ~1.3. The correlation suggests that the spin axes of quasars preferentially align with their surrounding large-scale structure that is assumed to be traced by the LQGs. Here, we consider a large sample of LQGs built from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey DR7 quasar catalogue in the redshift range 1.0 -􀀀 1.8. For quasars embedded in this sample, we collected radio polarization measurements with the goal to study possible correlations between quasar polarization vectors and the major axis of their host LQGs. Assuming the radio polarization vector is perpendicular to the quasar spin axis, we found that the quasar spin axis is preferentially parallel to the LQG major axis inside LQGs that have at least 20 members. This result independently supports the observations at optical wavelengths. We additionally found that when the richness of an LQG decreases, the quasar spin axis becomes preferentially perpendicular to the LQG major axis and that no correlation is detected for quasar groups with fewer than 10 members. [less ▲]

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See detailA new test of uniformity for object orientations in astronomy
Pelgrims, Vincent ULg

in Heavens, A. F.; Starck, J.-L.; Krone-Martins, A. (Eds.) Statistical Challenges in 21st Century Cosmology (2015, July 01)

We briefly present a new coordinate-invariant statistical test dedicated to the study of the orientations of transverse quantities of non-uniformly distributed sources on the celestial sphere. These ... [more ▼]

We briefly present a new coordinate-invariant statistical test dedicated to the study of the orientations of transverse quantities of non-uniformly distributed sources on the celestial sphere. These quantities can be projected spin-axes or polarization vectors of astronomical sources. [less ▲]

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See detailPolarization alignments of quasars from the JVAS/CLASS 8.4-GHz surveys
Pelgrims, Vincent ULg; Hutsemekers, Damien ULg

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2015), 450

We test the hypothesis that the polarization vectors of flat-spectrum radio sources (FSRSs) from the JVAS/CLASS 8.4-GHz surveys are randomly oriented in the sky. A sample with robust polarization ... [more ▼]

We test the hypothesis that the polarization vectors of flat-spectrum radio sources (FSRSs) from the JVAS/CLASS 8.4-GHz surveys are randomly oriented in the sky. A sample with robust polarization measurements is made with 4155 objects. Redshift information is known for 1531 of them. We performed two statistical analyses: one in two dimensions and the other in three dimensions when distance is available. We find significant large-scale alignments of polarization vectors for samples containing only quasars among the varieties of FSRS. While these correlations prove difficult to explain either by a physical effect or by biases in the data set, that the quasars that have significantly aligned polarization vectors are found in regions of the sky where optical polarization alignments were previously found is striking. [less ▲]

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See detailAlignments of quasar axes with large-scale structures
Hutsemekers, Damien ULg; Braibant, Lorraine ULg; Pelgrims, Vincent ULg et al

Conference (2015, July)

Based on measurements of optical linear polarization of quasars belonging to large groups at redshift ~ 1.3, we found that quasar spin axes are likely parallel to their host large-scale structures. The ... [more ▼]

Based on measurements of optical linear polarization of quasars belonging to large groups at redshift ~ 1.3, we found that quasar spin axes are likely parallel to their host large-scale structures. The observations and the statistical analysis will be reviewed, and interpretations discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailQuasar radio polarizations align with large quasar group major axes
Pelgrims, Vincent ULg; Hutsemekers, Damien ULg

Poster (2015, July)

Using quasar polarizations and a sample of large quasar groups drawn from the SDSS DR7, we showed that at HIGH REDSHIFTS (z ~ 1.5) the spin axis orientations of black holes are correlated to the major ... [more ▼]

Using quasar polarizations and a sample of large quasar groups drawn from the SDSS DR7, we showed that at HIGH REDSHIFTS (z ~ 1.5) the spin axis orientations of black holes are correlated to the major axes of the groups to which they belong. Inside very rich groups the BH spins are aligned with the major axes. When the richness decreases, the spin axes become preferentially perpendicular. [less ▲]

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See detailLarge-scale polarization alignments of quasars in the JVAS/CLASS 8.4-GHz surveys
Pelgrims, Vincent ULg; Hutsemekers, Damien ULg

Poster (2015, May)

We analyse the large sample of polarization measurements of the flat-spectrum radio sources of the JVAS/CLASS 8.4-GHz surveys compiled by Jackson et al. (2007). We tested the uniformity of the ... [more ▼]

We analyse the large sample of polarization measurements of the flat-spectrum radio sources of the JVAS/CLASS 8.4-GHz surveys compiled by Jackson et al. (2007). We tested the uniformity of the polarization position angles for a wide range of angular (2D) and comoving (3D) separations and studied the several subsamples, dividing the main sample of 4155 sources regarding their object type (QSO, galaxies, radio sources,...). We found regions of the sky of about 20 degree radius in which quasars (only) have correlated polarization position angles. Those regions coincide with the regions of alignment at optical wavelength pinpointed in 1998 by Hutsemékers. [less ▲]

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See detailAlignments of quasar axes with large-scale structures
Hutsemekers, Damien ULg; Braibant, Lorraine ULg; Pelgrims, Vincent ULg et al

Poster (2015, March)

Based on measurements of optical linear polarization of quasars belonging to large groups at redshift z ~ 1.3, we found that quasar spin axes are likely parallel to their host large-scale structures ... [more ▼]

Based on measurements of optical linear polarization of quasars belonging to large groups at redshift z ~ 1.3, we found that quasar spin axes are likely parallel to their host large-scale structures (Hutsemékers et al. 2014). These observations can constrain models of the coevolution of AGN, galaxies and large-scale structures. [less ▲]

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See detailAlignment of quasar polarizations with large-scale structures
Hutsemekers, Damien ULg; Braibant, Lorraine ULg; Pelgrims, Vincent ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2014), 572

We have measured the optical linear polarization of quasars belonging to Gpc scale quasar groups at redshift z ~ 1.3. Out of 93 quasars observed, 19 are significantly polarized. We found that quasar ... [more ▼]

We have measured the optical linear polarization of quasars belonging to Gpc scale quasar groups at redshift z ~ 1.3. Out of 93 quasars observed, 19 are significantly polarized. We found that quasar polarization vectors are either parallel or perpendicular to the directions of the large-scale structures to which they belong. Statistical tests indicate that the probability that this effect can be attributed to randomly oriented polarization vectors is on the order of 1%. We also found that quasars with polarization perpendicular to the host structure preferentially have large emission line widths while objects with polarization parallel to the host structure preferentially have small emission line widths. Considering that quasar polarization is usually either parallel or perpendicular to the accretion disk axis depending on the inclination with respect to the line of sight, and that broader emission lines originate from quasars seen at higher inclinations, we conclude that quasar spin axes are likely parallel to their host large-scale structures. Based on observations made with ESO Telescopes at the La Silla Paranal Observatory under program ID 092.A-0221.Table 1 is available in electronic form at <A href="http://www.aanda.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201424631/olm">http://www.aanda.org</A> [less ▲]

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See detailAnisotropies from polarization of quasars
Pelgrims, Vincent ULg

Poster (2014, May)

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See detailA new analysis of quasar polarization alignments
Pelgrims, Vincent ULg; Cudell, Jean-René ULg

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2014), 442(1), 1239-1248

We propose a new method to analyse the alignment of optical polarization vectors from quasars. This method leads to a definition of intrinsic preferred axes and to a determination of the probability that ... [more ▼]

We propose a new method to analyse the alignment of optical polarization vectors from quasars. This method leads to a definition of intrinsic preferred axes and to a determination of the probability that the distribution of polarization directions is random. This probability is found to be as low as 0,003 percent for one of the region of redshift. [less ▲]

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See detailA new analysis of the optical polarisation alignments of quasars
Pelgrims, Vincent ULg

Poster (2014, April 30)

Introduction of a new statistical method dedicated to the analysis of polarisation orientations and presentation of some results of its application to the sample of optical polarisation measurements of ... [more ▼]

Introduction of a new statistical method dedicated to the analysis of polarisation orientations and presentation of some results of its application to the sample of optical polarisation measurements of 355 quasars. [less ▲]

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See detailAnisotropic Orientations of Polarisations from quasar light
Pelgrims, Vincent ULg

Conference (2013, September)

Presentation of the foundations of a new statistical test dedicated to the polarisation orientations analysis.

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See detailAsymptotic solutions for the case of nearly symmetric gravitational lens systems
Wertz, Olivier ULg; Pelgrims, Vincent ULg; Surdej, Jean ULg

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2012), 424

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