Volume 535, November 2011
|Number of page(s)||10|
|Section||Atomic, molecular, and nuclear data|
|Published online||22 November 2011|
Atomic data for neutron-capture elements
III. Charge transfer rate coefficients for low-charge ions of Ge, Se, Br, Kr, Rb, and Xe⋆
Michigan State University, Department of Physics and Astronomy, 3248 Biomedical Physical Sciences, East Lansing, MI 48824-2320, USA
2 Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Center for Simulational Physics, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-2451, USA
Received: 28 June 2011
Accepted: 12 August 2011
We present total and final-state resolved charge transfer (CT) rate coefficients for low-charge Ge, Se, Br, Kr, Rb, and Xe ions reacting with neutral hydrogen over the temperature range 102–106 K. Each of these elements has been detected in ionized astrophysical nebulae, particularly planetary nebulae. CT rate coefficients are a key ingredient for the ionization equilibrium solutions needed to determine total elemental abundances from those of the observed ions. A multi-channel Landau Zener approach was used to compute rate coefficients for projectile ions with charges q = 2–5, and for singly-charged ions the Demkov approximation was utilized. Our results for five-times ionized species are lower limits, due to the incompleteness of level energies in the NIST database. In addition, we computed rate coefficients for charge transfer ionization reactions between the neutral species of the above six elements and ionized hydrogen. The resulting total and state-resolved CT rate coefficients are tabulated and available at the CDS. In tandem with our concurrent investigations of other important atomic processes in photoionized nebulae, this work will enable robust investigations of neutron-capture element abundances and nucleosynthesis via nebular spectroscopy.
Key words: atomic data / atomic processes / HII regions / nuclear reactions, nucleosynthesis, abundances / stars: evolution / planetary nebulae: general
Tables 4 and 5 are only available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (184.108.40.206) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/535/A117
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