We present electron collision strengths and their thermally averaged values for the nebular forbidden lines of the astronomically abundant doubly ionized oxygen ion, O2+, in an intermediate coupling scheme using the Breit–Pauli relativistic terms as implemented in an R-matrix atomic scattering code. We use several atomic targets for the R-matrix scattering calculations including one with 72 atomic terms. We also compare with new results obtained using the intermediate coupling frame transformation method. We find spectroscopically significant differences against a recent Breit–Pauli calculation for the excitation of the [O iii] λ4363 transition but confirm the results of earlier calculations.
- atomic data
- atomic processes
- non-thermal radiation mechanisms
- planetary nebulae