The Orientation of the Magnetic Field in Radio Sources
Recent data on the polarization of extragalactic radio sources are used to investigate the distribution of Delta, the angle between the major axis of a source and the intrinsic position angle of the E vector of linear polarization. Previous work on this subject has led to widely divergent conclusions. It is found that sources of high radio luminosity usually have Delta near 90 deg, implying that the magnetic fields in such sources are oriented along the major axis. For radio galaxies with low luminosity, on the other hand, Delta tends to lie nearer zero deg.