EAS Publications Series
Volume 23, 2007Sky Polarisation at Far-Infrared to Radio Wavelengths: The Galactic Screen before the Cosmic Microwave Background
|Page(s)||3 - 17|
|Published online||08 January 2007|
M.-A. Miville-Deschênes and F. Boulanger (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 23 (2007) 3-17
Theoretical Introduction to Galactic Magnetic Fields
Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées, Université Paul Sabatier,
14 avenue Ed. Belin, 31400 Toulouse, France
Our Galaxy is pervaded by strong magnetic fields, which, together with the ordinary matter (made of gas and dust) and the cosmic rays, form the three basic constituents of the interstellar medium. After briefly reviewing our current observational knowledge about Galactic magnetic fields, I will address, from a theoretical point of view, the fundamental questions of their origin and their impact on the interstellar medium.
© EAS, EDP Sciences, 2007
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