Theoretical electron density-sensitive line ratios R1 R6 of Ar XIV soft X-ray emission lines are presented. We found that these line ratios are sensitive to the electron density ne, and the ratio R1 is insensitive to electron temperature Te. Recent work has shown that accurate atomic data, such as electron impact excitation rates, is very important for an reliable determination of the electron density of laboratory and astrophysical plasmas. Present work indicates that the maximum discrepancy of line ratios introduced from different atomic data calculated with distorted wave and R-matrix approximations, is up to 18% in the range of ne=10cm. By comparison of these line ratios with experiment results carried out in electron beam ion trap (EBIT-II), electron density of the laboratory plasma is diagnosed, and a consistent result is obtained from R1, R2 and R3. Our result is in agreement with that diagnosed by Chen et al. using triplet of N VI. A relative higher diagnosed electron density from R2 is due to its weak sensitivity to electron temperature. A better consistency at lower Te indicates that temperature of the laboratory plasma is lower than logTe(K)=6.5. Comparison between the measured and theoretical ratios reveals that 32.014 Å line is weakly blended by lines from other Ar ions, while 30.344 Å line is strongly contaminated.
Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer
- Pub Date:
- December 2006
- Physics - Plasma Physics;
- Physics - Atomic Physics
- 18 pages, 6 figures, published in J. Quan. Spec. Rad. Trans