THE QUANTUM INTERFERENCE EFFECTS IN THE SC II 4247 Å LINE OF THE SECOND SOLAR SPECTRUM
The Sc II 4247 A line formed in the chromosphere is one of the lines well known, like the Na I D_2 and Ba II D_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
... ar 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 1D model atmospheres or for any multi-component combinations of them. While multidimensional radiative transfer 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 of quantum physics is missing.