- Press Release
- February 7, 2023
Biosignature Line Ratios Of [P II] In Exoplanetary And Nebular Environments
Being the backbone element of DNA, phosphorus is a key component in the search for life in the Universe.
Being the backbone element of DNA, phosphorus is a key component in the search for life in the Universe. To aid in its detection, we present line emissivity ratios for the five lowest-lying forbidden [P~II] transitions, namely those among the levels 3s23p2(3P0,3P1,3P2,1D2,1S0).
The wavelengths range between 0.44-70 \mum, and several lie within the spectroscopic domain observable with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). These line ratios have been calculated using a new collisional-radiative-recombination (CRR) model combining calculated collision strengths and level-specific recombination rate coefficients; with both datasets computed using the accurate Breit-Pauli R-Matrix method.
The CRR model includes a new scheme for \eion recombination to emission line formation. We compare its effect to models incorporating only electron impact excitation and spontaneous radiative decay. We find that electron-ion recombination has a significant impact on all line ratios, and represents a major improvement in physical accuracy of emission line models.
Kevin Hoy, Sultana N. Nahar, Anil K. Pradhan
Comments: 5 pages, 4 figures
Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP); Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM); Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR)
Cite as: arXiv:2301.07736 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:2301.07736v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
From: Anil K. Pradhan
[v1] Wed, 18 Jan 2023 19:01:25 UTC (484 KB)