- Conference date: 19-22 April 2004
- Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA)
A new opacity code, TOPAZ, which explicitly includes configuration term structure in the bound‐bound transitions is being developed. The goal is to extend the current capabilities of detailed term accounting opacity codes such as OPAL that are limited to lighter elements of astrophysical interest. At present, opacity calculations of heavier elements use statistical methods that rely on the presence of myriad spectral lines for accuracy. However, statistical approaches have been shown to be inadequate for astrophysical opacity calculations. An application of the TOPAZ code will be to study the limits of statistical methods. Comparisons of TOPAZ to other opacity codes as well as to experiments are presented.
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