A comparison of theoretical line intensity ratios for Ni XII with extreme ultraviolet observations from the JET tokamak

Francis Keenan, Catherine Ramsbottom, Ivor Coffey, G.J.J. Botha, A. Matthews, K.L. Bell, K.D. Lawson, M. O'Mullane

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Abstract

Recent R-matrix calculations of electron impact excitation rates in Ni XII are used to derive the emission line ratios R-1 = I(154.17 Angstrom)/I(152.15 Angstrom), R-2 = I(152.95 Angstrom)/I(152.15 Angstrom) and R-3 = 1(160.55 Angstrom)/I(152.15 Angstrom). This is the first time (to our knowledge) that theoretical emission line ratios have been calculated for this ion. The ratios are found to be insensitive to changes in the adopted electron density (N-e) when N-e greater than or equal to 5 x 10(11) cm(-3), typical of laboratory plasmas. However, they do vary with electron temperature (T-e), with for example R-1 and R-3 changing by factors of 1.3 and 1.8, respectively, between T-e = 10(5) and 10(6) K. A comparison of the theoretical line ratios with measurements from the Joint European Tents (JET) tokamak reveals very good agreement between theory and observation for R-1, with an average discrepancy of only 7%. Agreement between the calculated and experimental ratios for R-2 and R-3 is less satisfactory, with average differences of 30 and 33%, respectively. These probably arise from errors in the JET instrument calibration curve. However, the discrepancies are smaller than the uncertainties in the R-2 and R-3 measurements. Our results, in particular for R-1, provide experimental support for the accuracy of the Ni XIII line ratio calculations, and hence for the atomic data adopted in their derivation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)639-645
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physics B: Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics
Volume34
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2001

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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