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Title: The quantum interference effects in the SC II 4247 Å line of the second solar spectrum

The Sc II 4247 Å line formed in the chromosphere is one of the lines well known, like the Na I D{sub 2} and Ba II D{sub 2}, for its prominent triple-peak structure in Q/I and the underlying quantum interference effects governing it. In this paper, we try to study the nature of this triple-peak structure using the theory of F-state interference including the effects of partial frequency redistribution (PRD) and radiative transfer (RT). We compare our results with the observations taken in a quiet region near the solar limb. In spite of accounting for PRD and RT effects, it has not been possible to reproduce the observed triple-peak structure in Q/I. While the two wing PRD peaks (on either side of central peak) and the near wing continuum can be reproduced, the central peak is completely suppressed by the enhanced depolarization resulting from the hyperfine structure splitting. This suppression remains for all the tested widely different one-dimensional model atmospheres or for any multi-component combinations of them. While multidimensional RT effects may improve the fit to the intensity profiles, they do not appear capable of explaining the enigmatic central Q/I peak. This leads us to suspect that some aspect ofmore » quantum physics is missing.« less
Authors:
;  [1] ;  [2] ; ;  [3]
  1. Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Koramangala, Bangalore 560034 (India)
  2. Institute of Astronomy, ETH Zurich, CH-8093 Zurich (Switzerland)
  3. Istituto Ricerche Solari Locarno, Via Patocchi, 6605 Locarno-Monti (Switzerland)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22370494
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 794; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ACCOUNTING; CHROMOSPHERE; DEPOLARIZATION; F STATES; HYPERFINE STRUCTURE; INTERFERENCE; ONE-DIMENSIONAL CALCULATIONS; POLARIZATION; RADIANT HEAT TRANSFER; SCATTERING; SPECTRA; SUN