Observing optical polarimetric variability from BLAZARS to CVs

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Speaker :  
Prof. Stephen Potter (South African Astronomical Observatory, SAAO)
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2nd Floor Seminar Room
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Abstract :

One of the South African Astronomical Observatory's (SAAO) niche areas is in observational optical polarimetry. A particularly specialised instrument is the HIPPO (HIgh-speed Photo-POlarimeter), which was designed and built to observe variable and polarised astronomical sources. I will describe HIPPO's capabilities and present two new results: The discovery of polarised QPOs from a BLAZAR and the discovery of highly modulated polarisation from the first white dwarf "pulsar".