A synthetic stellar polarization atlas from 400 to 1000 nm*
High Altitude Observatory, NCAR (The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.) , 3080 Center Green Dr, Boulder CO 80301, USA e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Avda Vía Láctea S/N, La Laguna 38200, Tenerife, Spain
Accepted: 11 December 2006
Context.With the development of new polarimeters for large telescopes, the spectro-polarimetric study of astrophysical bodies is becoming feasible and, indeed, more frequent. In particular, this is permitting the observational study of stellar magnetic fields.
Aims.With the aim to optimize and interpret this kind of observations, we have produced a spectral atlas of circular polarization in a grid of stellar atmospheric models with effective temperatures between 3500 and 10 000 K, surface gravities , metallicities between 10-2 and 1, and magnetic field strengths of 100, 1000 and 5000 G.
Methods.We have computed the emergent Stokes I and V flux spectra in LTE of more than 105 spectral lines.
Results.The atlas and several numerical tools are available in electronic format and may be downloaded from http://download.hao.ucar.edu/pub/PSA/. In this paper we review and discuss some of its most relevant features, such as which spectral regions and individual lines harbor the strongest signals, what are interesting lines to observe, how to disentangle field strength from filling factor, etc.
Key words: atlases / stars: atmospheres / stars: magnetic fields / line: formation / polarization / radiative transfer
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