Magnetic fields in the galactic Universe, as observed in supershells, galaxies, intergalactic and cosmic realms
Review articleOpen access
2011/05/01 Full-length article DOI: 10.1016/j.newar.2011.01.002
Journal: New Astronomy Reviews
AbstractHere I present a survey of magnetic fields in large objects, from the interstellar supershells (10 pc) up to the edge of the Universe (near a redshift z of 10), with an emphasis on discoveries made in the last decade, be they through particle astronomy or electromagnetic astronomy.For each type of object, the basic observational properties are summarized, and the best theoretical scenario which accounts for the large body of observations is discussed.The strength of these large-scale fields can vary from mGauss to μGauss. Magnetism acts as a tracer of the dynamical histories of cosmological and intracluster events, it guides the motion of the interstellar ionised gas, and it aligns the charged dust particles.
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