Pulsar Rotation Measures and Large-scale Magnetic Field Reversals in the Galactic Disk [GA]


We present the measurements of Faraday rotation for 477 pulsars observed by the Parkes 64-m radio telescope and the Green Bank 100-m radio telescope. Using these results along with previous measurements for pulsars and extra-galactic sources, we analyse the structure of the large-scale magnetic field in the Galactic disk. Comparison of rotation measures of pulsars in the disk at different distances as well as with rotation measures of background radio sources beyond the disk reveals large-scale reversals of the field directions between spiral arms and interarm regions. We develop a model for the disk magnetic field, which can reproduce not only these reversals but also the distribution of observed rotation measures of background sources.

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J. Han, R. Manchester, W. Straten, et. al.
Thu, 7 Dec 17

Comments: 20 pages, 8 figures, and 3 tables. Accepted by ApJS