Volume 415, Number 3, March I 2004
|Page(s)||L39 - L42|
|Published online||13 February 2004|
Letter to the Editor
On the transition rates of the Fe X and Fe XIV coronal lines
Experimentalphysik III, Fakultät für Physik und Astronomie, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 44780 Bochum, Germany
2 High Temperature and Astrophysics Division, University of California Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore CA 94550, USA
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 17 January 2004
Despite a considerable scatter of the theoretical predictions of the M1/E2 transition rate of the “red iron line” (Fe X) in the solar corona, there is disagreement of all the results with the single measurement that used an electrostatic ion trap. Employing a heavy-ion storage ring for measuring the same transition in isoelectronic ions of Co, Ni, and Cu, the situation has been clarified, and a new, accurate data point for Fe X can be determined by extrapolation. This result agrees with the basic atomic structure prediction for the line strength in combination with the experimental transition energy. For the “green iron line” (Fe XIV), a recent measurement with an electron beam ion trap has resolved similar discrepancies.
Key words: atomic data / Sun: corona / techniques: spectroscopic
© ESO, 2004
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