A&A 432, 731-736 (2005)
Effective collision strengths for electron impact excitation of C IIN. J. Wilson, K. L. Bell and C. E. Hudson
Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, The Queen's University of Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland
(Received 18 August 2004 / Accepted 8 November 2004 )
We extend a previous calculation of effective collision strengths for electron impact excitation of the boron-like ion . The earlier work was restricted to the excitation within the 2s22p ground configuration and the sixteen 2s22p-2s2p2 fine-structure transitions whilst the present paper considers all fine-structure transitions among the levels arising from the lowest 16 LS states. The collisional cross sections are computed in the multichannel close-coupling R-matrix approximation, in which sophisticated configuration-interaction wave functions are used to represent the target states. The 16 states included have the following basis configurations: the 2s22p ground state, four 2s2p2 states, three 2p3 states, one 2s2p3s state as well as the 2s23 and 2s24 states. The 16 LS target states correspond to 30 fine-structure levels and lead to a total of 435 fine-structure transitions. In this paper we tabulate effective collision strengths, obtained by averaging the electron collision strengths over a Maxwellian distribution of velocities, for electron temperatures in the range given by (K) = 3.0-5.5, suitable for most astrophysical applications and laboratory plasma diagnostics. Significant differences from a previous calculation are noted and comparisons are made with some recent experimental data.
Key words: atomic processes -- line: formation -- methods: analytical
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