Probing the existence of axions with the polarization of objects at cosmological distances
Hutsemekers, Damien[Université de Liège - ULg > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Astroph. extragalactique et observations spatiales (AEOS) >]
2nd Joint ILIAS-CAST-CERN axion training workshop
[en] quasar ; polarization ; axions
[en] Photon - axion conversion within a magnetic field over cosmological distances can affect the polarization of distant objects like quasars. We report the observation of large-scale alignments of quasar polarization vectors as well as a rotation of their polarization angles with distance. This effect might be due to the presence of axions along the line of sight.