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Summary of the IRON and OPACITY Projects

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  30 March 2016

Keith A. Berrington
Affiliation:
Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Queen’s University, Belfast BT7 1NN, U.K.

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Considerable effort has been made recently by international collaborations, exploiting advances in atomic physics and in supercomputing, to compute complete sets of accurate data for astrophysically important processes; in particular, the Opacity Project and the IRON Project.

The Opacity Project computed atomic data for opacity calculations

  1. • for H, He, Li, Be, B, C, N, O, F, Ne, Na, Mg, Al, Si, S, Ar, Ca, Fe.

  2. • energies of terms having effective quantum numbers v≤10 and total angular momentum L≤3 or 4, all spin and parity combinations;

  3. • gƒ-values for all dipole transitions between these bound terms;

  4. • total cross sections for photoionizaion from all calculated bound terms, tabulated on a grid of photon energies suitable to describe the resonance structure in sufficient detail to calculate reliable opacities;

  5. • line broadening parameters.

28 key research papers arising from the Project, together with calculated energies and oscillator strengths for light ions, are reprinted in ‘The Opacity Project Volume 1’ (Opacity Project Team, 1994, IOP Publ. ISBN 0 7503 0288 7). All data are available from TOPbase, an on-line database at the CDS (Cunto et al. 1993, A&A 275, L5).

The IRON Project aims to systematically compute electron excitation cross sections for the iron group of elements. Particular attention is given to requirements for the interpretation of data from specific space observations.

In the first stage of the Project excitation cross sections have been computed for fine-structure transitions in the ground configuration of all ions of astrophysical interest. These data are essential for the interpretation of IR lines to be observed by ISO, as well as for coronal spectra.

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II. Joint Discussions
Copyright
Copyright © Kluwer 1995

References

I. Goals and methods. Hummer, D.G., Berrington, K.A., Eissner, W., Anil K., Pradhan, Saraph, H.E., Tully, J.A., 1993, A&A 279, 298309 Google Scholar
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VIII. Electron excitation of the 3d4 5DJ ground state fine structure transition in the Ti-like ions V II, Cr III, Mn IV, Fe v, Co VI and Ni VII. Berrington, K.A., 1994, A&AS (in press)Google Scholar
IX. Electron excitation of the 2P°3/2 -1/2 fine structure transitions in chlorine-like ions from Ar II to Ni XII. Pelan, J.C. and Berrington, K.A., 1994, A&AS (in press)Google Scholar
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