Photoionization cross sections of Fe XXI

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Title: Photoionization cross sections of Fe XXI
Creators: Nahar, Sultana Nurun
Issue Date: 2008
Citation: Nahar, Sultana Nurun, "Photoionization cross sections of Fe XXI," Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer 109, 2008, 2417-2426.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jqsrt.2008.03.008
Abstract: Total and partial photoionization cross sections for (Fe XXI + hv → Fe XXII + e) are presented for the ground and excited bound states with n ≤ 10 and l ≤ 9. Fe XXI is prevalent in high-temperature astrophysical plasmas as well as in photoionized plasmas excited by hard X-rays. Results are reported for the first time for the high-energy photoionization with core excitations to n = 2,3 states. Details of photoionization, especially the high-energy features that often dominate considerably over the low energy ones, are illustrated. These prominent features will affect the photoionization and the recombination rates in high-temperature plasmas. Calculations are carried out in the close coupling (CC) approximation using the R-matrix method. A large CC wavefunction expansion for Fe XXII which includes the ground and 28 excited core states from n = 2 and 3 complexes and spans over a wide energy range is used. A total of 835 discrete bound states of Fe XXI in the singlet, triplet, and quintet symmetries are obtained. Total photoionization cross sections, σPI(nLS), for ionization into all 29 states are presented for all 835 final bound states and partial photoionization cross sections, σPI(g,nLS), for ionization into the ground ^2P^0 state of the core are presented for 685 states. While the n = 2 core excitations are at relatively lower energy range (within 15 Ry from the ionization threshold), the n = 3 excitations lie at considerably higher energy, 73 Ry and above, yet introduce resonant features and enhancements more prominent than those of n = 2 states. Larger numbers of resonances are formed due to Rydberg series of autoionizing states converging on to the 29 core states. However, most noticeable structures are formed in the excited state cross sections by the photoexcitation-of-core (PEC) resonances in the photon energy range of 73-82 Ry. All these high-energy features are absent in the currently available results. The present results should enable more accurate modeling of the emission spectrum of highly excited plasma from the optical to far-ultraviolet region.
ISSN: 0022-4073
Rights: © Elsevier Ltd.
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