Department of Physics, S. D. (Postgraduate) College, Muzaffarnagar, 251 001, India (affiliated to Chowdhary Charan Singh University, Meerut, 250 004, India)
2 Department of Physics and Center for Theoretical Studies of Physical Systems, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia 30314, USA
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Revised: 25 June 2008
Published online: 1 August 2008
Excitation energies from ground state for 97 fine-structure levels as well as oscillator strengths and radiative decay rates for all electric-dipole-allowed and intercombination transitions among the fine-structure levels of the terms belonging to the (, , and 3s3p4s configurations of Co XV are calculated, using extensive configuration-interaction (CI) wave functions, obtained with the CIV3 computer code of Hibbert. The important relativistic effects in intermediate coupling are included through the Breit-Pauli approximation via spin-orbit, spin-other-orbit, spin-spin, Darwin and mass correction terms. Small adjustments to the diagonal elements of the Hamiltonian matrices have been made. Our calculated excitation energies, including their ordering, are in excellent agreement with the experimental results and the experimentally compiled energy values of the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) wherever available. The mixing among several fine-structure levels is found to be very strong, with most of the strongly mixed levels belonging to the ( and configurations. The strong mixing among several fine-structure levels makes it very difficult to identify them uniquely. Perhaps, that may be the reason for the lack of both experimental and theoretical results for these levels. We believe that our extensive calculated values can guide experimentalists in identifying the fine-structure levels in their future work. From our radiative decay rates we have also calculated radiative lifetimes of some fine-structure levels. In this calculation we also predict new data for several fine-structure levels where no other theoretical and/or experimental results are available.
PACS: 32.10.Fn – Fine and hyperfine structure / 32.70.Cs – Oscillator strengths, lifetimes, transition moments / 95.30.Ky – Atomic and molecular data, spectra, and spectral parameters
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