Search for spectral line polarization in the solar vacuum ultraviolet
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An instrument designed to record polarization in the region 120–150 nm of the solar spectrum was launched on the satellite Intercosmos-16, July 27, 1976. The aim was to search for resonance-line polarization that is caused by coherent scattering. Oblique reflections at gold- and aluminium-coated mirrors in the instrument were used to analyze the polarization. The average polarization of the Lα solar limb was found to be less than 1%. It is indicated how future improved VUV polarization measurements may be a diagnostic tool for chromospheric and coronal magnetic fields and for the three-dimensional geometry of the emitting structures.
KeywordsGold Magnetic Field Reflection Diagnostic Tool Spectral Line
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