The observed polarization of radio pulsars involves several peculiar effects, such as comparable amount of orthogonal polarization modes (OPMs) which often bear the same handedness of circular polarisation V. In the average profiles of B1913+16 and B1933+16, orthogonal jumps of polarization angle (PA) are observed to occur at the maximum V, instead of V = 0. High levels of V are also observed in core components (eg. in B1237+25), where they are accompanied by strong distortions of PA from the rotating vector model. In weakly polarized emission, PA jumps by 45 deg are observed in B1919+21 and B0823+26. It is shown that all these peculiarities can be interpreted in a model which assumes coherent addition of waves in natural propagation modes.
Fri, 8 Dec 17
Comments: 2 pages, 1 figure, Proceedings IAU Symposium No. 337 Pulsar Astrophysics – The Next 50 Years