Density effects on the electronic contribution to hydrogen Lyman Stark profiles
Received 23 September 1996 / Accepted 17 June 1997
The quantum unified theory of Stark broadening (Tran Minh et al. 1975, Feautrier et al. 1976) is used to study the density effects on the electronic contribution to the hydrogen Lyman lineshape. The contribution of the first angular momenta to the total profile is obtained by an extrapolation method, and the results agree with other approaches. The comparison made with Vidal et al. (1973) shows a good agreement; and the electronic profile is found to be linear in density for greater than 8Å for densities below cm-3, while the density dependence becomes more complex for less than 8Å. The wing profiles are calculated at various temperatures scaling from 2500 to 40000K and a polynomial fit of these profiles is given.
Key words: lines: profiles atomic processes
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Online publication: December 8, 1997