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Paper: A Quantitative Comparison of Opacities Calculated Using the Distorted-Wave and R-Matrix Methods
Volume: 515, Workshop on Astrophysical Opacities
Page: 69
Authors: Delahaye, F.; Badnell, N. R.; Ballance, C. P.; Palmeri, P.; Preval, S.; Quinet, P.; Ramsbottom, C.; Smyth, R. T.; Turkington, M.; Zeippen, C. J.
Abstract: The present debate on the reliability of astrophysical opacities has reached a new climax with the recent measurements of Fe opacities on the Z-machine at the Sandia National Laboratory (Bailey et al. 2015). To understand the differences between theoretical results, on the one hand, and experiments on the other, as well as the differences among the various theoretical results, detailed comparisons are needed. Many ingredients are involved in the calculation of opacities; deconstructing the whole process and comparing the differences at each step are necessary to quantify their importance and impact on the final results. We present here such a comparison using the two main approaches to calculate the required atomic data, the R-Matrix and distorted-wave methods, as well as sets of configurations and coupling schemes to quantify the effects on the opacities of the Fe XVII and Ni XIV ions.
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