Electron-impact excitation of Ar2+
Department of Physics, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849, USA e-mail: email@example.com
Accepted: 12 March 2009
Context. Emission from Ar III is seen in planetary nebulae, in H II regions, and from laboratory plasmas. The analysis of such spectra requires accurate electron impact excitation data.
Aims. The aim of this work is to improve the electron impact excitation data available for Ar2+, for application in studies of planetary nebulae and laboratory plasma spectra. The effects of the new data on diagnostic line ratios are also studied.
Methods. Electron-impact excitation collision strengths have been calculated using the R-Matrix Intermediate-Coupling Frame-Transformation method and the R-Matrix Breit-Pauli method. Excitation cross sections are calculated between all levels of the configurations 3s23p4, 3s3p5, 3p6, 3p53d, and 3s23p3nl (3d ≤ nl ≤ 5s). Maxwellian effective collision strengths are generated from the collision strength data.
Results. Good agreement is found in the collision strengths calculated using the two R-Matrix methods. The collision strengths are compared with literature values for transitions within the 3s23p4 configuration. The new data has a small effect on Te values obtained from the I(λ7135 Å+ λ7751 Å)/ I(λ5192 Å) line ratio, and a larger effect on the Ne values obtained from the I(λ7135 Å)/I(λ9 μm) line ratio. The final effective collision strength data is archived online.
Key words: atomic data / atomic processes / ISM: planetary nebulae: general
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