A comparison of theoretical line intensity ratios for Ni XII with extreme ultraviolet observations from the JET tokamak

Keenan, Francis, Botha, Gert, Matthews, A., Lawson, K. D., Bell, Kenneth, Ramsbottom, Catherine, Coffey, Ivor and O'Mullane, Martin (2001) A comparison of theoretical line intensity ratios for Ni XII with extreme ultraviolet observations from the JET tokamak. Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, 34 (4). pp. 639-645. ISSN 0953-4075

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Abstract

Recent R-matrix calculations of electron impact excitation rates in Ni XII are used to derive the emission line ratios R1 = I (154.17 Å)/I (152.15 Å), R2 = I (152.95 Å)/I (152.15 Å) and R3 = I (160.55 Å)/I (152.15 Å). This is the first time (to our knowledge) that theoretical emission line ratios have been calculated for this ion. The ratios are found to be insensitive to changes in the adopted electron density (Ne) when Ne >= 5 × 10^11 cm−3, typical of laboratory plasmas. However, they do vary with electron temperature (Te), with for example R1 and R3 changing by factors of 1.3 and 1.8, respectively, between Te = 10^5 and 10^6 K. A comparison of the theoretical line ratios with measurements from the Joint European Torus (JET) tokamak reveals very good agreement between theory and observation for R1, with an average discrepancy of only 7%. Agreement between the calculated and experimental ratios for R2 and R3 is less satisfactory, with average differences of 30 and 33%, respectively. These probably arise from errors in the JET instrument calibration curve. However, the discrepancies are smaller than the uncertainties in the R2 and R3 measurements. Our results, in particular for R1, provide experimental support for the accuracy of the Ni XII line ratio calculations, and hence for the atomic data adopted in their derivation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: F300 Physics
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Gert Botha
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2013 11:25
Last Modified: 09 May 2017 18:39
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/11000

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