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Dielectronic Recombination In Active Galactic Nuclei

Savin, Daniel Wolf; Lukic, D. V.; Schnell, M.; Altun, Z.; Badnell, N. R.; Brandau, C.; Schmidt, E. W.; Muller, A.; Schippers, S.; Sprenger, F.; Lestinsky, M.; Wolf, A.

XMM-Newton and Chandra observations of active galactic nuclei (AGN) show rich spectra of X-ray absorption lines. These observations have detected a broad unresolved transition array (UTA) between ˜ 15-17 Å. This is attributed to inner-shell photoexcitation of M-shell iron ions. Modeling these UTA features is currently limited by uncertainties in the low-temperature dielectronic recombination (DR) data for M-shell iron. In order to resolve this issue, and to provide reliable iron M-shell DR data for plasma modeling, we are carrying out a series of laboratory measurements using the heavy-ion Test Storage Ring (TSR) at the Max-Plank-Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, Germany. Currently, laboratory measurements of low temperature DR can only be performed at storage rings. We use the DR data obtained at TSR, to calculate rate coefficients for plasma modeling and to benchmark theoretical DR calculations. Here we report our recent experimental results for DR of Fe XIV forming Fe XIII.


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Astronomy and Astrophysics
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April 5, 2013