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Measurement of absolute transition probabilities for lines of Fe II

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Smith, Peter Lloyd (1972) Measurement of absolute transition probabilities for lines of Fe II. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/VKGQ-0160. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechTHESIS:08162016-085322010

Abstract

Absolute transition probabilities have been measured for 38 lines from 5 levels in Fe II. The branching ratios for the transitions which depopulate each level were determined by observations of the relative line intensities in a hollow cathode discharge. The relative transition probabilities, which are proportional to the branching ratios, were normalized by measurement of the lifetime of the upper level using a beam-foil, time-of-flight technique. The lifetime is the reciprocal of the sum of the transition probabilities. Our transition probabilities are compared to values from five other measurements, the most comprehensive of which are those of Warner. The work of Warner is shown to contain a significant error which comes from his use of the, now discredited, transition probabilities of Corliss and co-workers for Fe I in the determination of the temperature of his source. A method for correcting the values published by Warner is given. Our transition probabilities for Fe II were used to calculate a value of the solar iron abundance of 7.35 ± 0.18, which supports other recent determinations based on Fe I lines.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:Physics
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
Major Option:Physics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Whaling, Ward
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:10 May 1972
Funders:
Funding AgencyGrant Number
NSFGP-28027
Office of Naval ResearchN00014-67-A-0094-0022
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Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:08162016-085322010
Persistent URL:https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechTHESIS:08162016-085322010
DOI:10.7907/VKGQ-0160
Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:9900
Collection:CaltechTHESIS
Deposited By: Leslie Granillo
Deposited On:16 Aug 2016 17:32
Last Modified:20 Dec 2019 19:17

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