Radiation Hydrodynamics

  • R. Paul Drake
Part of the Shock Wave and High Pressure Phenomena book series (SHOCKWAVE)


It is fair to say that we never directly experience radiation hydrodynamic phenomena – that is, phenomena in which the radiation directly participates in the hydrodynamic evolution of a system. We do experience consequences of radiative heat transport, as for example when heating by solar irradiation produces wisps of fog above a wet road. And we are aware of some systems, such as solar sails, in which radiation directly causes material motion. But as we shall see, radiation hydrodynamic phenomena require temperatures of millions of degrees, more or less, so they are outside the realm of our direct experience.


Optical Depth Radiation Pressure Shocked Layer Shock Velocity Ionization Front 
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© Springer 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Paul Drake
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  1. 1.Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space SciencesUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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