Dielectronic recombination of Fe XXIII forming Fe XXII: Laboratory measurements and theoretical calculations

D.W. Savin, G. Gwinner, M. Grieser, R. Repnow, M. Schnell, D. Schwalm, A. Wolf, S.G. Zhou, S. Kieslich, A. Muller, S. Schippers, J. Colgan, S.D. Loch, N.R. Badnell, M.H. Chen, M.F. Gu

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We have measured resonance strengths and energies for dielectronic recombination (DR) of beryllium-like Fe XXIII forming boron-like Fe XXII via N = 2 -> N' = 2 and N = 2 -> N' = 3 core excitations. All measurements were carried out using the heavy-ion Test Storage Ring at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics (MPI-K) in Heidelberg, Germany. We have also calculated these resonance strengths and energies using three independent, perturbative, state-of-the-art theoretical techniques: the multiconfiguration Breit-Pauli (MCBP) method, the multiconfiguration Dirac-Fock (MCDF) method, and the Flexible Atomic Code (FAC). Overall reasonable agreement is found between our experimental results and these theoretical calculations. We have used our measurements to produce a Maxwellian-averaged DR rate coefficient for Fe XXIII. Our experimentally derived rate coefficient is estimated to be accurate to better that approximate to 20%. At temperatures where Fe XXIII is predicted to form in both photo-ionized and electron-ionized gas, we find mixed agreement between our experimental rate coefficient and previously published rate coefficients. We find good agreement at these temperatures between the experimentally derived rate coefficient and our MCBP, MCDF, and FAC results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1275-1285
Number of pages11
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2006


  • atomic data
  • atomic processes
  • finite density plasmas
  • electron ion recombination
  • high resolution measurement
  • rate coefficients
  • ionization equilibrium
  • isoelectronic sequences
  • BE-like
  • radiative recombination
  • core excitations
  • storage ring


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