Astronomy and Astrophysics Supplement Series, Vol. 119, November I 1996, 523-528
Atomic data from the Iron Project. XVIII. Electron impact excitation collision strengths and rate coefficients for Fe III
Hong Lin Zhang
Department of Astronomy, The Ohio State University,
Columbus, OH 43210, U.S.A.
Received January 17; accepted February 27, 1996
Abstract:Collision strengths and maxwellian averaged rate coefficients have been calculated for 23 871 transitions among 219 fine structure levels, dominated by configurations , and in Fe III. Collision strengths are calculated using the R-matrix method with a 83 term close-coupling target expansion and for electron energies up to 10 rydbergs. Rate coefficients are tabulated at a wide range of temperatures at which Fe III is abundant in plasma sources. A brief discussion of the calculations and sample results are given. The present rates for Fe III are expected to find applications in spectral diagnostics of a variety of astrophysical sources.