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Relativistic Atomic Structure of the Re I Isoelectronic Sequence

Published onJun 01, 2020
Relativistic Atomic Structure of the Re I Isoelectronic Sequence

Direct detection of gravitational waves (GW) on Aug. 17, 2017, propagating froma binary neutron star merger, opened the era of multimessenger astronomy. The ejected material from a neutron star mergers is a good candidate for optical and near infrared follow-up observations after the detection of GWs. The kilonova provided the first direct evidence for the synthesis of heavy nuclei through the rapid neutron capture process or so-called r-process. Although properties of the emission are largely affected by opacities in the ejected material, available atomic data for r-process elements are still limited. The aim of our research is to alleviate this situation. In this regard we are using the General-purpose Relativistic Atomic Structure Package, GRASP0 [1,4] and GRASP2K [2], to obtain energy levels and transition properties, then generate reliable line lists for a range of r-process elements (Re-Au). Here, Au V, as well as its low-charged isoelectronic sequence members, Re I, Os II, Ir III, and Pt IV, are computed and compared against available theoretical and experimental data [3]. This work was partially supported by NSF grant 1816984. References: [1] Dyall, et al., Computer Physics Communications, 55(3):425–456, 1989; [2] Per Jonsson, et al., Computer Physics Communications, 184(9):2197–2203, 2013; [3] Kramida, et al. NIST Atomic Spectra Database, https://physics.nist.gov/asd [4] Parpia, et al., Computer Physics Communications, 94(2-3):249–271, 1996

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