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2021-03-23 - Article/Dans un journal avec peer-review - Anglais - 18 page(s)

Fritzsche S., Palmeri Patrick , Schippers S., "Atomic Cascade Computations" in Symmetry, 13, 1-18, 520

  • Edition : Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI), Basel (Switzerland)
  • Codes CREF : Spectroscopie [électromagnétisme, optique, acoustique] (DI1255), Physique atomique et nucléaire (DI1224), Astrophysique (DI1455)
  • Unités de recherche UMONS : Physique Atomique et Astrophysique (S888)
  • Instituts UMONS : Institut de Recherche sur les Systèmes Complexes (Complexys)
  • Centres UMONS : Algèbre, Géométrie et Interactions fondamentales (AGIF)
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Abstract(s) :

(Anglais) Atomic cascades are ubiquitous in nature and they have been explored within very different scenarios, from precision measurements to the modeling of astrophysical spectra, and up to the radiation damage in biological matter. However, up to the present, a quantitative analysis of these cascades often failed because of their inherent complexity. Apart from utilizing the rotational symmetry of atoms and a proper distinction of different physical schemes, a hierarchy of useful approaches is therefore needed in order to keep cascade computations feasible. We here suggest a classification of atomic cascades and demonstrate how they can be modeled within the framework of the Jena Atomic Calculator. As an example, we shall compute within a configuration-average approach the stepwise decay cascade of atomic magnesium, following a 1s inner-shell ionization, and simulate the corresponding (final) ion distribution. Our classification of physical scenarios (schemes) and the hierarchy of computational approaches are both flexible to further refinements as well as to complex shell structures of the atoms and ions, for which the excitation and decay dynamics need to be modeled in good detail.