Fine-structure electron-impact excitation of Ne+ and Ne2+ for low temperature astrophysical plasmas

Qianxia Wang (1), S. D. Loch (1), Y. Li (1), M. S. Pindzola (1), R. S.
Cumbee (2), P. C. Stancil (2), B. M. McLaughlin (3), and C. P. Ballance (3)

(1) Department of Physics, Auburn University, AL 36849, USA. (2) Department of Physics and Astronomy and Center for Simulational Physics, University of Georgia, GA 30602, USA. (3) CTAMOP, School of Mathematics and Physics,
Queen’s University, Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN, UK.

Collision strengths for electron-impact of fine-structure level excitation within the ground term of Ne+ and Ne2+ are calculated using the Breit-Pauli, Intermediate Coupling Frame Transformation, and DARC R-matrix methods. Maxwellian-averaged effective collision strengths and excitation rate coefficient qij are presented for each. The application of the current calculations is to very low temperature astrophysical plasmas, thus we examine the sensitivity of the effective collision strengths down to 10 K. The use of the various theoretical methods allows us to place estimated uncertainties on the recommended effective collision strengths. We also investigate the sensitivity of the collision strengths to the resonance positions and underlying atomic structure. Good agreement is found with previous R-matrix calculations at higher temperature.

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