Electron-impact broadening of radio recombination lines of atomic hydrogen for different Δn

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1088/0953-4075/39/8/007
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Journal titleJournal Of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular And Optical Physics
ISSN09534075
Volume39
Issue8
Pages18891897; # of pages: 9
AbstractIn 1967 Griem gave a general formula for the electron-impact broadening of radio recombination lines, and an approximate expression for the width of the Δn = 1 lines. Here his general formula is calculated numerically for higher values of Δn, and an approximate expression is fitted to the results for Δn up to 70. It is shown that, for the lines with different n and Δn near a given frequency ν, the calculated widths increase monotonically up to n > 300. This result does not agree with the maximum found near n ≈ 200 by Bell et al (2000 Publ. Astron. Soc. Pac. 112 1236) for the astronomical sources W51 and Orion A at 6 GHz. Thus this mystery is not resolved by the present calculations.
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AffiliationNational Research Council Canada; NRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences
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Identifier10436327
NPARC number12327224
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