A major upgrade of the VALD database
2015 (English)In: Physica Scripta, ISSN 0031-8949, E-ISSN 1402-4896, Vol. 90, no 5, 054005Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Vienna atomic line database (VALD) is a collection of critically evaluated laboratory parameters for individual atomic transitions, complemented by theoretical calculations. VALD is actively used by astronomers for stellar spectroscopic studies-model atmosphere calculations, atmospheric parameter determinations, abundance analysis etc. The two first VALD releases contained parameters for atomic transitions only. In a major upgrade of VALD-VALD3, publically available from spring 2014, atomic data was complemented with parameters of molecular lines. The diatomic molecules C-2, CH, CN, CO, OH, MgH, SiH, TiO are now included. For each transition VALD provides species name, wavelength, energy, quantum number J and Lande-factor of the lower and upper levels, radiative, Stark and van der Waals damping factors and a full description of electronic configurarion and term information of both levels. Compared to the previous versions we have revised and verify all of the existing data and added new measurements and calculations for transitions in the range between 20 angstrom and 200 microns. All transitions were complemented with term designations in a consistent way and electron configurations when available. All data were checked for consistency: listed wavelength versus Ritz, selection rules etc. A new bibliographic system keeps track of literature references for each parameter in a given transition throughout the merging process so that every selected data entry can be traced to the original source. The query language and the extraction tools can now handle various units, vacuum and air wavelengths. In the upgrade process we had an intensive interaction with data producers, which was very helpful for improving the quality of the VALD content.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 90, no 5, 054005
data bases, atomic and molecular data, astrophysics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-259165DOI: 10.1088/0031-8949/90/5/054005ISI: 000356498700006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-259165DiVA: diva2:843620