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Electron impact excitation of Fe XII
P.J. Storey, G. Del Zanna, H.E. Mason and C.J. Zeippen
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 2005, Vol.433, p 717

A new calculation of rate coefficients for electron collisional excitation of Fe XII is presented and compared to earlier calculations. Significant differences are found with all earlier work due to the inclusion of resonance processes that have not previously been considered and to the use of the intermediate coupling frame transformation method. The resulting dataset of collision strengths is shown to resolve many of the outstanding discrepancies between theory and solar observations. In particular, density sensitive line ratios in Fe XII now indicate electron densities close to those derived from other ions of comparable ionization potential.

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