Electron-impact excitation of Fe2: a comparison of intermediate coupling frame transformation, Breit-Pauli and Dirac R-matrix calculations

N. R. Badnell, C. P. Ballance

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Abstract

Modeling the spectral emission of low-charge iron group ions enables the diagnostic determination of the local physical conditions of many cool plasma environments such as those found in H II regions, planetary nebulae, active galactic nuclei etc. Electron-impact excitation drives the population of the emitting levels and, hence, their emissivities. By carrying-out Breit-Pauli and intermediate coupling frame transformation (ICFT) R-matrix calculations for the electron-impact excitation of Fe$^{2+}$ which both use the exact same atomic structure and the same close-coupling expansion, we demonstrate the validity of the application of the powerful ICFT method to low-charge iron group ions. This is in contradiction to the finding of Bautista et al. [Ap.J.Lett, 718, L189, (2010)] who carried-out ICFT and Dirac R-matrix calculations for the same ion. We discuss possible reasons.
Original languageEnglish
Article number99
Number of pages5
JournalThe Astrophysical Journal
Volume785
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Apr 2014

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