Polarization in Spectral Lines (Google eBook)

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Springer Science & Business Media, May 17, 2006 - Science - 913 pages
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The scientific research based on spectropolarimetric techniques is undergoing a phase of rapid growth. Instruments of unprecedented sensitivity are nowadays available, particularly for solar observations. To fully exploit the rich diagnostic content of such observations, it is necessary to understand the physical mechanisms involved in the generation and transfer of polarized radiation in astrophysical (or laboratory) plasmas. After an introductory part based on classical physics, this book tackles the subject by a rigorous quantum-mechanical approach. The transfer equations for polarized radiation and the statistical equilibrium equations for the atomic density matrix are derived directly from the principles of Quantum Electrodynamics. The two sets of equations are then used to present a number of applications, mainly concerning the diagnostics of solar magnetic fields. This book is primarily addressed to scientists working in the field of spectropolarimetry. It may also serve as a textbook for a course at the graduate or advanced undergraduate level.
  

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Contents

DESCRIPTION OF POLARIZED RADIATION
1
ANGULAR MOMENTUM AND RACAH ALGEBRA
29
ATOMIC SPECTROSCOPY
73
QUANTIZATION OF THE ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD
131
INTERACTION OF MATERIAL SYSTEMS WITH POLARIZED
146
INTERACTION OF MATERIAL SYSTEMS WITH POLARIZED
237
STATISTICAL EQUILIBRIUM EQUATIONS AND RADIATIVE
276
The MultiLevel Atom in the Spherical Statistical Tensor
284
RADIATIVE TRANSFER FOR POLARIZED RADIATION
349
LINE FORMATION IN A MAGNETIC FIELD 375
374
NONEQUILIBRIUM ATOMIC PHYSICS
509
Resonance Polarization and the Hanle Effect in the Absence
698
Diagnostics of Magnetic Fields in Solar Prominences
710
APPENDIX
791
LIST OF TABLES 867
866
SUBJECT INDEX
885

Conjugation Properties of the Rates
290

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