Volume 606, October 2017
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Section||Atomic, molecular, and nuclear data|
|Published online||26 September 2017|
Inelastic e+Mg collision data and its impact on modelling stellar and supernova spectra⋆
1 Theoretical Astrophysics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University, Box 516, 751 20 Uppsala, Sweden
2 Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, vía Láctea, 38205 La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain
3 Departamento de Astrofísica, Universidad de La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain
4 Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, Königstuhl 17, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany
5 Curtin Institute for Computation and Department of Physics, Astronomy and Medical Radiation Science, Kent Street, Bentley, Perth, 6102 Western Australia, Australia
6 Department of Physics and Astronomy, Drake University, Des Moines, IA 50311, USA
7 Max-Planck Institut für Astrophysik, Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 1, 85748 Garching, Germany
Received: 24 March 2017
Accepted: 8 June 2017
Results of calculations for inelastic e+Mg effective collision strengths for the lowest 25 physical states of Mg i (up to 3s6p1P), and thus 300 transitions, from the convergent close-coupling (CCC) and the B-spline R-matrix (BSR) methods are presented. At temperatures of interest, ~5000 K, the results of the two calculations differ on average by only 4%, with a scatter of 27%. As the methods are independent, this suggests that the calculations provide datasets for e+Mg collisions accurate to this level. Comparison with the commonly used dataset compiled by Mauas et al. (1988, ApJ, 330, 1008), covering 25 transitions among 12 states, suggests the Mauas et al. data are on average ~57% too low, and with a very large scatter of a factor of ~6.5. In particular the collision strength for the transition corresponding to the Mg i intercombination line at 457 nm is significantly underestimated by Mauas et al., which has consequences for models that employ this dataset. In giant stars the new data leads to a stronger line compared to previous non-LTE calculations, and thus a reduction in the non-LTE abundance correction by ~0.1 dex (~25%). A non-LTE calculation in a supernova ejecta model shows this line becomes significantly stronger, by a factor of around two, alleviating the discrepancy where the 457 nm line in typical models with Mg/O ratios close to solar tended to be too weak compared to observations.
Key words: atomic data / atomic processes
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