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Radiative Properties of High Temperature Gases

  • Shih-I Pai

Abstract

One of the most important properties of gases in our previous discussions of radiation gasdynamics is the coefficient of absorption of gas. In our macroscopic analysis of radiation gasdynamics, the absorption coefficient is assumed to be a known function of the state variables: density and temperature of the gas, as well as a function of the composition of the gas mixture. In order to determine the coefficient of absorption, we have to use the microscopic analysis or the experimental method. The absorption coefficient represents an average but complicated physical process in the atoms of the gases due to the interaction of matter and energy. Since they are the physical processes in the atoms, we have to use the quantum theory in order to obtain the accurate results. However, the classical theory of absorption and emission of radiation will give us qualitatively correct results in a rather simple manner. Hence we shall first discuss the classical theory in section 2.

Keywords

Quantum Theory Thermal Radiation Shock Tube Flow Problem External Electric Field 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shih-I Pai
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  1. 1.Institute for Fluid Dynamics and Applied MathematicsUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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