K. M. Aggarwal (1), F. P. Keenan (1), K. D. Lawson (2)
(1) Astrophysics Research Centre, School of Mathematics and Physics, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN, UK. (2) CCFE, Culham Science Centre, Abingdon OX14 3DB, UK.
There have been discussions in the recent literature regarding the accuracy of the available electron impact excitation rates (equivalently effective collision strengths ϒ) for transitions in Be-like ions. In the present paper we demonstrate, once again, that earlier results for ϒ are indeed overestimated (by up to four orders of magnitude), for over 40 per cent of transitions and over a wide range of temperatures. To do this we have performed two sets of calculations for N IV, with two different model sizes consisting of 166 and 238 fine-structure energy levels. As in our previous work, for the determination of atomic structure the grasp (General-purpose Relativistic Atomic Structure Package) is adopted and for the scattering calculations (the standard and parallelised versions of) the Dirac Atomic R-matrix Code (DARC) are employed. Calculations for collision strengths and effective collision strengths have been performed over a wide range of energy (up to 45 Ryd) and temperature (up to 2.0×10^6 K), useful for applications in a variety of plasmas. Corresponding results for energy levels, lifetimes and A-values for all E1, E2, M1 and M2 transitions among 238 levels of N IV are also reported.