The CHIANTI atomic database contains atomic energy levels, wavelengths, radiative transition probabilities, and electron excitation data for a large number of ions of astrophysical interest. Version 4 has been released, and proton excitation data are now included, principally for ground configuration levels that are close in energy. The fitting procedure for excitation data, both electrons and protons, has been extended to allow nine-point spline fits in addition to the previous five-point spline fits. This allows higher quality fits to data from close-coupling calculations where resonances can lead to significant structure in the Maxwellian-averaged collision strengths. The effects of photoexcitation and stimulated emission by a blackbody radiation field in a spherical geometry on the level balance equations of the CHIANTI ions can now be studied following modifications to the CHIANTI software. With the addition of H I, He I, and N I, the first neutral species have been added to CHIANTI. Many updates to existing ion data sets are described, while several new ions have been added to the database, including Ar IV, Fe VI, and Ni XXI. The two-photon continuum is now included in the spectral synthesis routines, and a new code for calculating the relativistic free-free continuum has been added. The treatment of the free-bound continuum has also been updated.
The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series
- Pub Date:
- January 2003
- Atomic Data;
- Stars: Atmospheres;
- Sun: Atmosphere;
- CHIANTI is available at http://wwwsolar.nrl.navy.mil/chianti.html