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Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy.
2007 (English)In: Astrophysical Bulletin, ISSN 1990-3413, Vol. 62, no 1, 26-35 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The possibility of investigating the vertical structure of the magnetic field in chemically peculiar main-sequence stars is discussed. The nonuniform distribution of chemical elements over the surface complicates the problem substantially. The most efficient measurements are shown to be those of the longitudinal field components based on spectral lines with wavelengths longer and shorter than 3646 angstrom (shortward and longward of the Balmer jump), which form at different optical depths in the atmosphere. Various methodological problems are addressed that must be overcome in order to accomplish the task. The brightest magnetic star alpha(2) CVn is observed with the echelle spectrometer equipped with an Uppsala CCD chip. New observations corroborate our previous result: the longitudinal component of the magnetic field B-e of the alpha(2) CVn star increases with depth by about 30% over the atmosphere thickness scale.

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2007. Vol. 62, no 1, 26-35 p.
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Physical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-137367DOI: 10.1134/S1990341307010038ISI: 000262227000003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-137367DiVA: diva2:378278
Available from: 2010-12-15 Created: 2010-12-15 Last updated: 2010-12-15Bibliographically approved

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