Atomic data from the IRON project. LXIV. Radiative transition rates and collision strengths for Ca II
Aims:This work reports radiative transition rates and electron impact excitation rate coefficients for levels of the n = 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 configurations of Ca II.
Methods: The radiative data were computed using the Thomas-Fermi-Dirac central potential method in the frozen core approximation and includes the polarization interaction between the valence electron and the core using a model potential. This method allows for configuration interactions (CI) and relativistic effects in the Breit-Pauli formalism. Collision strengths in LS-coupling were calculated in the close coupling approximation with the R-matrix method. Then, fine structure collision strengths were obtained by means of the intermediate-coupling frame transformation (ICFT) method which accounts for spin-orbit coupling effects.
Results: We present extensive comparisons with the most recent calculations and measurements for Ca II as well as a comparison between the core polarization results and the “unpolarized” values. We find that core polarization affects the computed lifetimes by up to 20%. Our results are in very close agreement with recent measurements for the lifetimes of metastable levels. The present collision strengths were integrated over a Maxwellian distribution of electron energies and the resulting effective collision strengths are given for a wide range of temperatures. Our effective collision strengths for the resonance transitions are within ~11% from previous values derived from experimental measurements, but disagree with later computations using the distorted wave approximation.
Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Pub Date:
- July 2007
- atomic data;
- atomic processes;
- line: formation;
- 8 pages, 4 figures. The atomic data from this work, including energy levels, A-values, and effective collision strengths, is available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (220.127.116.11) or via http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/qcat?J/A+A/