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The Effect of Metastable Level Populations on the Ionization Fraction of Li-like ions
 

Summary: The Effect of Metastable Level Populations on the Ionization
Fraction of Li-like ions
J.G. Doyle1, H.P. Summers2 and P. Bryans2
1
Armagh Observatory, College Hill, Armagh, BT61 9DG, N. Ireland
2
Department of Physics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
Received date, accepted date
Abstract. Lines from Li-like ions have been known to produce theoretical intensities under-estimated compared to lines of a
similar formation temperature. Here we investigate this anomalous behaviour whereby the ionization fractions are calculated
using the ADAS code considering the electron density dependence of dielectronic recombination coupled with collisional
ionization from metastable levels. For the lines investigated, the line contribution functions show a clear dependence with
increasing electron density. For example, C IV 1548 shows over a factor of three enhancement for Ne = 1012
cm-3
. The
increase in the higher temperature lines is lower, but are still in the range of 30 to 60%. Furthermore, all the lines have their
peak contribution shifted to lower temperature. Calculating the total radiative power output at an electron density of 1011
cm-3
,
we find that the difference in the transition region is 1015% while above 106

  

Source: Armagh Observatory

 

Collections: Physics