Electron-Impact Excitation Collision Strengths and Theoretical Line Intensities for Fine-Structure Transitions in S III

M. F. R. Grieve, Catherine A. Ramsbottom, Claire E. Hudson, Francis P. Keenan

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Abstract

We present Maxwellian-averaged effective collision strengths for the electron-impact excitation of S III over a wide range of electron temperatures of astrophysical importance, log Te (K) = 3.0-6.0. The calculation incorporates 53 fine-structure levels arising from the six configurations—3s 23p 2, 3s3p 3, 3s 23p3d, 3s 23p4s, 3s 23p4p, and 3s 23p4d—giving rise to 1378 individual lines and is undertaken using the recently developed RMATRX II plus FINE95 suite of codes. A detailed comparison is made with a previous R-matrix calculation and significant differences are found for some transitions. The atomic data are subsequently incorporated into the modeling code CLOUDY to generate line intensities for a range of plasma parameters, with emphasis on allowed ultraviolet extreme-ultraviolet emission lines detected from the Io plasma torus. Electron density-sensitive line ratios are calculated with the present atomic data and compared with those from CHIANTI v7.1, as well as with Io plasma torus spectra obtained by Far-Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer and Extreme-Ultraviolet Explorer. The present line intensities are found to agree well with the observational results and provide a noticeable improvement on the values predicted by CHIANTI.
Original languageEnglish
Article number110
Pages (from-to)110-
Number of pages9
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume780
Issue number1
Early online date13 Dec 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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