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Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser. 133, 245-248

Atomic data from the IRON Project

XXXII. On the accuracy of the effective collision strength for the electron impact excitation of the quadrupole transition in Ar III

M.E. Galavís1,3 - C. Mendoza2,3 - C.J. Zeippen3

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1 - Departamento de Física, Universidad Metropolitana, PO Box 76819, Caracas 1070A, Venezuela
2 - Centro de Física, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas (IVIC), PO Box 21827, Caracas 1020A, Venezuela
3 - URA 173 (associée au CNRS et à l'Université Paris 7) et DAEC, Observatoire de Paris, 92195 Meudon, France

Received April 7; accepted June 5, 1998


Since Burgess et al. (1997) have recently questioned the accuracy of the effective collision strength calculated in the IRON Project for the electron impact excitation of the ${\rm 3s}\sp2{\rm 3p}\sp4\ \sp1$D $-\sp1$S quadrupole transition in Ar III, an extended R-matrix calculation has been performed for this transition. The original 24-state target model was maintained, but the energy regime was increased to 100 Ryd. It is shown that in order to ensure convergence of the partial wave expansion at such energies, it is necessary to take into account partial collision strengths up to L=30 and to "top-up'' with a geometric series procedure. By comparing effective collision strengths, it is found that the differences from the original calculation are not greater than 25% around the upper end of the common temperature range and that they are much smaller than 20% over most of it. This is consistent with the accuracy rating (20%) previously assigned to transitions in this low ionisation system. Also the present high-temperature limit agrees fairly well (15%) with the Coulomb-Born limit estimated by Burgess et al., thus confirming our previous accuracy rating. It appears that Burgess et al., in their data assessment, have overextended the low-energy behaviour of our reduced effective collision strength to obtain an extrapolated high-temperature limit that appeared to be in error by a factor of 2.

Key words: atomic and molecular data

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