A&A Supplement Series, Vol. 126, December I 1997, 373-378
Received February 28; accepted March 3, 1997
H.L. Zhang and A.K. Pradhan
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Department of Astronomy, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, U.S.A.
Collision strengths and maxwellian-averaged rate coefficients have been calculated for 8771 non-vanishing transitions among 140 fine structure levels, dominated by the configurations , , and in Fe IV. Collision strengths are calculated using the R-matrix method with a 49 term close-coupling target expansion for electron energies up to 15 rydbergs. Rate coefficients are tabulated for a wide range of temperatures in which Fe IV is abundant in plasma sources. A brief discussion of the calculations and sample results are given. The present rates for Fe IV are expected to find applications in spectral diagnostics of a variety of astrophysical sources.
keywords: atomic processes -- planetary nebulae: general -- H II regions