Europhys. Lett.
Volume 76, Number 6, December 2006
Page(s) 1081 - 1087
Section Atomic and molecular physics
Published online 16 November 2006
Europhys. Lett., 76 (6), pp. 1081-1087 (2006)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2006-10382-3

An alternative method to determine atomic radiative emission

F. B. Rosmej

Université de Provence et CNRS, UMR 6633, Centre de St-Jérôme, PIIM F-13397 Marseille Cedex 20, France

received 30 May 2006; accepted in final form 19 October 2006
published online 16 November 2006

We reconsider the standard paradigm that detailed spectral distributions must be determined by the inclusion of detailed atomic and ionic level structure in the population kinetics. An alternative method is proposed which creates detailed spectra from a reduced description of the level-population kinetics. The method is based on the introduction of a non-LTE effective population-density coefficient $\Re$ that corresponds to a redistribution of the population with respect to the strengths of various excitation channels. An analytical solution that is based entirely on the reduced level-population kinetics is derived, which reduces the computational effort in the standard paradigm by orders of magnitude. Exact numerical calculations show excellent agreement, even for non-Maxwellian and non-equilibrium plasmas.

32.80.Dz - Autoionization.
32.70.Fw - Absolute and relative intensities.
32.30.-r - Atomic spectra.

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