Galactic interstellar filaments as probed by LOFAR and Planck

S. Zaroubi, V. Jelić, A. G. de Bruyn, F. Boulanger, A. Bracco, R. Kooistra, M. I.R. Alves, M. A. Brentjens, K. Ferrière, T. Ghosh, L. V.E. Koopmans, F. Levrier, M. A. Miville-Deschěnes, L. Montier, V. N. Pandey, J. D. Soler

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Recent Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR) observations at 115-175 MHz of a field at medium Galactic latitudes (centred at the bright quasar 3C196) have shown striking filamentary structures in polarization that extend over more than 4° across the sky. In addition, the Planck satellite has released full sky maps of the dust emission in polarization at 353 GHz. The LOFAR data resolve Faraday structures along the line of sight, whereas the Planck dust polarization maps probe the orientation of the sky projected magnetic field component. Hence, no apparent correlation between the two is expected. Here we report a surprising, yet clear, correlation between the filamentary structures, detected with LOFAR, and the magnetic field orientation, probed by the Planck satellite. This finding points to a common, yet unclear, physical origin of the two measurements in this specific area in the sky. A number of follow-up multifrequency studies are proposed to shed light on this unexpected finding.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L46-L50
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - 14 Sep 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • ISM: general
  • ISM: magnetic fields
  • ISM: structure
  • Radio continuum: general
  • Submillimetre: ISM
  • Techniques: interferometric


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