Molecular data, virtual observatory tools, astronomical databases: miscellaneous, ISM: molecules, scattering, molecular processes




The BASECOL2012 database is a repository of collisional data and a web service within the Virtual Atomic and Molecular Data Centre (VAMDC, It contains rate coefficients for the collisional excitation of rotational, ro-vibrational, vibrational, fine, and hyperfine levels of molecules by atoms, molecules, and electrons, as well as fine-structure excitation of some atoms that are relevant to interstellar and circumstellar astrophysical applications. Submissions of new published collisional rate coefficients sets are welcome, and they will be critically evaluated before inclusion in the database. In addition, BASECOL2012 provides spectroscopic data queried dynamically from various spectroscopic databases using the VAMDC technology. These spectroscopic data are conveniently matched to the in-house collisional excitation rate coefficients using the SPECTCOL sofware package (http://, and the combined sets of data can be downloaded from the BASECOL2012 website. As a partner of the VAMDC, BASECOL2012 is accessible from the general VAMDC portal ( and from user tools such as SPECTCOL.

Original Citation

Dubernet, M.-L., Alexander, M. H., Ba, Y. A., Balakrishnan, N., Balança, C., Ceccarelli, C., … Wiesenfeld, L. (2013). BASECOL2012: A collisional database repository and web service within the Virtual Atomic and Molecular Data Centre (VAMDC). Astronomy & Astrophysics, 553, A50.

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