Saturday, January 10, 2009

Opacity Images!

I've spent a lot of time plotting but it was a ton of fun actually getting to do some theory. We're getting to the point over here of being able to quantitatively illustrate the optical pumping model on real data. There's a lot of neat things to think about, but at least the model is up and running...

Polarization projects to obscuring "rings" at any given velocity.

I liked this one....
An opacity "map". Lots of assumptions went in to this cartoon, but we're basically saying that a blob of wind material near the limb of the star can reproduce our observations... This map was actually derived using observations making this the first polarimetric reconstruction I'm aware of. Sweet! Jeff did a lot of the ground work and now we've got to put some real physics in to it.


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