Volume 456, Number 3, September IV 2006
|Page(s)||1181 - 1185|
|Section||Atomic, molecular, and nuclear data|
|Published online||06 September 2006|
New and improved experimental oscillator strengths in Zr II and the solar abundance of zirconium
Atomic Astrophysics, Lund Observatory, Box 43, 221 00 Lund, Sweden
2 Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Australian National University, Mt. Stromlo Observatory, Cotter Rd., Weston, ACT 2611, Australia
Accepted: 19 June 2006
Using the Fourier Transform Spectrometer at Lund Observatory, intensity calibrated spectra of singly ionized zirconium have been recorded and analyzed. Oscillator strengths for 263 spectral lines in the region 2500–5400 Å have been derived by combining new experimental branching fractions with previously measured radiative lifetimes. The transitions combine 34 odd parity levels with 29 low metastable levels between 0 and 2.4 eV. The experimental branching fractions have been compared with theoretical values and the oscillator strengths with previously published data when available. The oscillator strengths have been employed to derive the solar photospheric Zr abundance based on both 1D and 3D model atmospheres. Based on the seven best and least perturbed lines in the solar disk-center spectrum, we determine the solar Zr abundance to when using a 3D hydrodynamical solar model atmosphere. The new value is in excellent agreement with the meteoritic Zr abundance.
Key words: atomic data / line: identification / methods: laboratory / Sun: abundances
© ESO, 2006
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