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The FERRUM project: transition probabilities for forbidden lines in [Fe II] and experimental metastable lifetimes
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2009 (English)In: Astronomy and Astrophysics, ISSN 0004-6361, E-ISSN 1432-0746, Vol. 508, no 1, 525-529 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Context. Accurate transition probabilities for forbidden lines are important diagnostic parameters for low-density astrophysical plasmas. In this paper we present experimental atomic data for forbidden [Fe II] transitions that are observed as strong features in astrophysical spectra. Aims. We measure lifetimes for the 3d(6)((3)G)4s a (4)G(11/2) and 3d(6)(D-3)4s b D-4(1/2) metastable levels in Fe II and experimental transition probabilities for the forbidden transitions 3d(7) a F-4(7/2,9/2)-3d(6)((3)G)4s a (4)G(11/2). Methods. The lifetimes were measured at the ion storage ring facility CRYRING using a laser probing technique. Astrophysical branching fractions were obtained from spectra of Eta Carinae, obtained with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph onboard the Hubble Space Telescope. The lifetimes and branching fractions were combined to yield absolute transition probabilities. Results. The lifetimes of the a (4)G(11/2) and the b D-4(1/2) levels have been measured and have the following values, tau = 0.75 +/- 0.10 s and tau = 0.54 +/- 0.03 s respectively. Furthermore, we have determined the transition probabilities for two forbidden transitions of a F-4(7/2,9/2)-a (4)G(11/2) at 4243.97 and 4346.85 angstrom. Both the lifetimes and the transition probabilities are compared to calculated values in the literature.

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2009. Vol. 508, no 1, 525-529 p.
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atomic data, methods: laboratory, techniques: spectroscopic, stars: individual: Eta Carinae
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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-32352DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/200913233ISI: 000272417700054ScopusID: 2-s2.0-71849114162OAI: diva2:410668
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QC 20110414Available from: 2011-04-14 Created: 2011-04-13 Last updated: 2011-04-14Bibliographically approved

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