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Electronically Excited States and Transport Properties of Thermal Plasmas

  • Mario Capitelli
  • Domenico Bruno
  • Annarita Laricchiuta
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Part of the Springer Series on Atomic, Optical, and Plasma Physics book series (SSAOPP, volume 74)

Abstract

In this chapter we try to elucidate the role of electronically excited states (EES) in affecting the transport properties of high-temperature high-pressure thermal plasmas. This topic started many years ago when one of us showed the dependence of transport coefficients on the cutoff criterion used in truncating the electronic partition function of atomic species with large consequences in the equilibrium composition and thermodynamic properties to be inserted in the transport equations (Capitelli 1972). Soon after it was recognized that electronically excited states affect the transport properties not only acting on the plasma composition but also through their transport cross sections, dramatically depending on the principal quantum number.

Keywords

Excited State Electronically Excite State Hydrogen Plasma Principal Quantum Number Collision Integral 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mario Capitelli
    • 1
  • Domenico Bruno
    • 2
  • Annarita Laricchiuta
    • 2
  1. 1.University of BariBariItaly
  2. 2.IMIP CNRBariItaly

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