Intermediate-coupling R -matrix calculations of electron-impact excitation of Fe 5+

C P Ballance, D C Griffin

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For applications to laboratory and astrophysical plasmas, there is a great need for accurate electron-impact excitation data between individual levels in the lower charge-state ions of iron. Recently, we have reported on the first intermediate-coupling R -matrix calculation of electron-impact excitation in Fe 4+ , in which the close-coupling expansion of the target included levels from both ground and excited configurations (Ballance et al 2007 J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. [/0953-4075/40/23/f01] 40 F327 , 2008 Europhys. News 39 14). In this paper, we present the results of two large intermediate-coupling Dirac R -matrix calculations of electron-impact excitation of Fe 5+ . The results from the two calculations, which differ only in the configuration–interaction expansions of the target, are compared. These comparisons provide some indication of the accuracy of the calculations and the resulting data should be useful in modelling plasmas containing iron.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195205
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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