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Polarization studies of Zeeman-affected spectral lines using the MSFC magnetograph
Author(s): K. S. Balasubramaniam; Edward A. West
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Paper Abstract

The Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) vector magnetograph records polarization images of absorption lines that are sensitive to magnetic fields. A method is presented for analyzing the Stokes spectral-line profiles of a photospheric Fe I absorption line (5250.2 A) which is influenced by the Zeeman effect. Using nonlinear least-square optimization, the observed Stokes profiles are compared with those generated from the theoretical solution of the polarized radiative transfer equations. The optimization process accounts for the spectral convolution of the source and the MSFC vector magnetograph. The resulting physical properties of the active region producing the polarized light are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 1990
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 1317, Polarimetry: Radar, Infrared, Visible, Ultraviolet, and X-Ray, (1 October 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.22071
Show Author Affiliations
K. S. Balasubramaniam, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Edward A. West, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1317:
Polarimetry: Radar, Infrared, Visible, Ultraviolet, and X-Ray
Russell A. Chipman; John W. Morris, Editor(s)

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