Atomic processes for astrophysical plasmas

N. R. Badnell, G. Del Zanna, L. Fernandez Menchero, A. S. Giunta, G. Y. Liang, H.E. Mason, P. J. Storey

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In this review we summarize the recent calculations and improvements of atomic data that we have carried out for the analysis of astrophysical spectroscopy within the Atomic Processes for Astrophysical Plasmas (APA P) network. We briefly discuss the various methods used for the calculations, and highlight several issues that we have uncovered during such extensive work . We discuss the completeness and accuracy of the cross sections for ionic excitation by electron impact for the main isoelectronic sequences, which we have obtained with large-scale calculations. Given its astrophysical importance, we emphasize the work on iron. Some examples on the significant improvement that has been achieved over previous calculations are provided.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 13 Apr 2016


  • astrophysical spectroscopy
  • atomic processes
  • astrophysical plasmas
  • iron
  • ionic excitation


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