We present the results of K-band imaging polarimetry of three radio galaxies, including the very red and apparently old z = 1.55 galaxy 53W091. We find weak evidence for polarization in components of 3C 441 and in the south-eastern companion of 53W091, but no evidence of significant polarization in 53W091 itself. We also find strong evidence that MRC 0156-252 is unpolarized. We present upper limits for the K-band polarization of all three sources. For 53W091, the lack of significant K-band polarization provides further confidence that its red R-K colour can be attributed to a mature stellar population, consistent with the detailed analyses of its ultraviolet spectral-energy distribution which indicate a minimum age of 2-3.5 Gyr.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society|
|Publication status||Published - 21 Oct 1999|