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Volume 400, Number 1, March II 2003
Page(s) 303 - 317
Section Formation and evolution of planetary systems
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20021855

A&A 400, 303-317 (2003)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20021855

An operator perturbation method for polarized line transfer

VI. Generalized PALI method for Hanle effect with partial frequency redistribution and collisions
D. M. Fluri1, K. N. Nagendra2, 3 and H. Frisch3

1  Institute of Astronomy, ETH Zentrum, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland
2  Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore 560 034, India
3  Laboratoire G. D. Cassini (CNRS, UMR 6529), Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, BP 4229, 06304 Nice Cedex 4, France

(Received 28 August 2001 / Accepted 5 December 2002 )

A generalized iteration method is presented to solve the polarized line transfer equation for a two-level-atom in an arbitrarily oriented, weak magnetic field. The polarized redistribution matrix employed accounts self-consistently for collisions as well as the presence of a weak magnetic field responsible for the Hanle effect. The proposed numerical method of solution is based on a Polarized Approximate Lambda Iteration (PALI) method. A Fourier decomposition of the radiation field and of the phase matrix with respect to the azimuthal angle reduces the complexity of the problem. A generalized core-wing technique is proposed, which permits an efficient implementation of the frequency domain structure inherent in the polarized redistribution matrix. The numerical method is tested for its accuracy and efficiency by comparing with the existing methods.

Key words: line: formation -- polarization -- radiative transfer -- scattering -- methods: numerical -- Sun: atmosphere

Offprint request: D. M. Fluri, dfluri@astro.phys.ethz.ch

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