K-shell photoabsorption of magnesium ions
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KünyeHasoʇlu, M. F., Abdel-Naby, S. A., Gatuzz, E., García, J., Kallman, T. R., Mendoza, C., & Gorczyca, T. W. (2014). K-shell photoabsorption of magnesium ions. Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series, 214(1) doi:10.1088/0067-0049/214/1/8
X-ray photoabsorption cross sections have been computed for all magnesium ions with three or more electrons using the R-matrix method. A comparison with other available data for Mg II-Mg X shows good qualitative agreement in the resultant resonance shapes. However, for the lower ionization stages, and for singly ionized Mg II in particular, the previous R-matrix results overestimate the K-edge position due to the neglect of important orbital relaxation effects, and a global shift downward in photon energy of those cross sections is therefore warranted. We have found that the cross sections for Mg I and Mg II are further complicated by the M-shell (n = 3) occupancy. As a result, the treatment of spectator Auger decay of 1s → np resonances using a method based on multichannel quantum defect theory and an optical potential becomes problematic, making it necessary to implement an alternative, approximate treatment of Auger decay for neutral Mg I. The new cross sections are used to fit the Mg K edge in XMM-Newton spectra of the low-mass X-ray binary GS 1826-238, where most of the interstellar Mg is found to be in ionized form.