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Contribution functions for Zeeman-split lines, and line formation in photospheric faculaeThe transfer of polarized light in an inhomogeneous stellar atmosphere, and the formation of magnetically sensitive spectral lines, are discussed. A new method for the solution of the transfer equations is proposed. The method gives a natural definition of the contribution functions for Stokes' parameters, i.e., functions describing the contributions from different parts along the line-of-sight (LOS). The formalism includes all magneto-optical effects, and allows for an arbitrary variation of magnetic field, velocity field, temperature, density, etc., along the LOS. The formation of FeI lambda 5250.2 in photospheric faculae is described. A potential-field model of a facular element is presented, and spectra profiles and contribution functions are computed for the Stokes parameters I, Q, and V.
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Vanballegooijen, A. A. (Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. Palo Alto, CA, United States)
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August 12, 2013
Publication Date
May 1, 1985
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Publication: NASA. Marshall Space Flight Center Meas. of Solar Vector Magnetic Fields
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