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EBIT Observation of Low Charge State Ar Dielectronic Recombination Features Near the Unknown Faint X-Ray Feature Found in the Stacked Spectrum of Galaxy Clusters

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A. Gall, A. Foster, R. Silwal, Joan M. Dreiling, A. Borovik, E. Kilgore, M. Ajello, John Gillaspy, Yuri Ralchenko, Endre Takacs

Abstract

Motivated by possible atomic origins of the unidentified emission line detected at 3.55 keV - 3.57 keV in a stacked spectrum of galaxy clusters (Bulbul et al. 2014), an electron beam ion trap (EBIT) was used to investigate resonant dielectronic recombination (DR) processes in highly- charged Ar as a possible contributor to the emission feature. The He-like Ar DR induced transition 1s22l-1s2l3l' was suggested to produce a 3.62 keV photon (Bulbul et al. 2014) near the unidentified line at 3.57 keV and was the starting point of our investigation. Moderate and high resolution x-ray spectra, taken at multiple electron beam energies, were evaluated and interpreted with the aid of the collisional-radiative model NOMAD (Ralchenko & Maron 2001). Our spectra were then compared to spectra produced with AtomDB data and numerous Ar DR features from multiple ion charge-states in the energy region near the unidentified line were analyzed. We found that a number of features, primarily from Be-like Ar, are missing from AtomDB and may have implications in non-thermal plasma conditions.
Citation
Astrophysical Journal
Volume
872

Keywords

Highly Charged Ions, x-ray spectroscopy, atomic processes, laboratory plasma

Citation

Gall, A. , Foster, A. , Silwal, R. , Dreiling, J. , Borovik, A. , Kilgore, E. , Ajello, M. , Gillaspy, J. , Ralchenko, Y. and Takacs, E. (2019), EBIT Observation of Low Charge State Ar Dielectronic Recombination Features Near the Unknown Faint X-Ray Feature Found in the Stacked Spectrum of Galaxy Clusters, Astrophysical Journal, [online], https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4357/ab0177, https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=926572 (Accessed June 24, 2024)

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Created February 20, 2019, Updated October 12, 2021