Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 216, Issue 1–2, pp 95–97 | Cite as

Parametric determination of the inclination of Keplerian circumstellar discs from spectropolarimetric profiles of scattered lines

  • Kenneth Wood


Polarimetric line profiles arising from the Doppler redistribution of monochromatic stellar line radiation, Thomson scattered in a Keplerian rotating circumstellar disc are presented. It is shown that analysis of the scattered line profiles at different wavelengths which, due to Doppler redistribution, sample different disc regions allows the disc inclination to be determined.

Key words

Thomson scattering lines spectropolarimetry 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth Wood
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyThe University of GlasgowUK

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