We have measured the linear polarization fractions of the 2s1S-3p1P He I transition at 5 016 Å excited by the passage of helium ions through thin perpendicular foils at beam energies of 40 to 220 keV. Metallic foils such as Au and Ag show less polarization than carbon, while non-conducting SiO2 foils produce increased linear polarization. Time variations of the polarization show that the build-up of impurities on the final surface of the foils yields carbon-foil like polarizations. At higher beam energies of 0.6 to 1.0 MeV, all foils show increased polarization for neon transitions, but decreased polarization for He II transitions with respect to the carbon foil values.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Mathematical Physics
- Condensed Matter Physics