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Title: Scattering polarization in the presence of magnetic and electric fields
Authors: Oo, Y. Y
Sampoorna, M
Nagendra, K. N
Ananthamurthy, S
Ramachandran, G
Keywords: Atomic processes;Polarization;Scattering;Magnetic field;Line profiles
Issue Date: Nov-2007
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Citation: Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, Vol. 108, pp. 161 - 179
Abstract: The polarization of radiation by scattering on an atom embedded in combined external quadrupole electric and uniform magnetic fields is studied theoretically. Limiting cases of scattering under Zeeman effect, and Hanle effect in weak magnetic fields are discussed. The theory is general enough to handle scattering in intermediate magnetic fields (Hanle–Zeeman effect) and for arbitrary orientation of magnetic field. The quadrupolar electric field produces asymmetric line shifts, and causes interesting level-crossing phenomena either in the absence of an ambient magnetic field, or in its presence. It is shown that the quadrupolar electric field produces an additional depolarization in the Q/I profiles and rotation of the plane of polarization in the U/I profile over and above that arising from magnetic field itself. This characteristic may have a diagnostic potential to detect steady-state and time-varying electric fields that surround radiating atoms in solar atmospheric layers
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