Journal Article

Electron-impact excitation of O <span class="smallCaps">ii</span> fine-structure levels*

R. Kisielius, P. J. Storey, G. J. Ferland and F. P. Keenan

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 397, issue 2, pages 903-912
Published in print August 2009 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online July 2009 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
Electron-impact excitation of O ii fine-structure levels*

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Effective collision strengths for forbidden transitions among the five energetically lowest fine-structure levels of O ii are calculated in the Breit–Pauli approximation using the R-matrix method. Results are presented for the electron temperature range 100–100 000 K. The accuracy of the calculations is evaluated via the use of different types of radial orbital sets and a different configuration expansion basis for the target wavefunctions. A detailed assessment of previous available data is given, and erroneous results are highlighted. Our results reconfirm the validity of the original Seaton and Osterbrock scaling for the optical O ii ratio, a matter of some recent controversy. Finally, we present plasma diagnostic diagrams using the best collision strengths and transition probabilities.

Keywords: atomic data; atomic processes; line: formation; planetary nebulae: general

Journal Article.  6238 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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