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Optical Engineering

Optical Polarimeters For Solar Research
Author(s): T. G. Baur
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Paper Abstract

A variety of physical processes and conditions in the solar at-mosphere produce polarized light, a useful diagnostic tool. We describe the instruments and techniques used to measure this polarization and indicate the solar physical processes illuminated by these measure-ments. Included are descriptions of instruments for broadband observa-tions of Thomson scattering in the solar corona; for observations of resonance polarization in prominence and coronal emission lines; and for narrowband, spectrally resolved polarimetry in Fraunhofer lines formed in the photosphere and chromosphere.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1981
PDF: -1 pages
Opt. Eng. 20(1) 200102 doi: 10.1117/12.7972654
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 20, Issue 1
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T. G. Baur, National Center for Atmospheric Research (United States)

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