Fundamental Aspects of Plasma Chemical Physics: Transport

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Springer Science & Business Media, Apr 2, 2013 - Science - 352 pages

Fundamental Aspects of Plasma Chemical Physics: Transport develops basic and advanced concepts of plasma transport to the modern treatment of the Chapman-Enskog method for the solution of the Boltzmann transport equation.

The book invites the reader to consider actual problems of the transport of thermal plasmas with particular attention to the derivation of diffusion- and viscosity-type transport cross sections, stressing the role of resonant charge-exchange processes in affecting the diffusion-type collision calculation of viscosity-type collision integrals.

A wide range of topics is then discussed including (1) the effect of non-equilibrium vibrational distributions on the transport of vibrational energy, (2) the role of electronically excited states in the transport properties of thermal plasmas, (3) the dependence of transport properties on the multitude of Saha equations for multi-temperature plasmas, and (4) the effect of the magnetic field on transport properties.

Throughout the book, worked examples are provided to clarify concepts and mathematical approaches.

This book is the second of a series of three published by the Bari group on fundamental aspects of plasma chemical physics. The first book, Fundamental Aspects of Plasma Chemical Physics: Thermodynamics, is dedicated to plasma thermodynamics; and the third, Fundamental Aspects of Plasma Chemical Physics: Kinetics, deals with plasma kinetics.


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Chapter 1 Transport Processes in Dilute Polyatomic Gases
Chapter 2 Transport Coefficient Evaluation
Chapter 3 Transport Cross Sections Classical and Quantum Approaches
Chapter 4 Resonant Charge Exchange in IonParentAtomCollisions
Chapter 5 Collision Integrals for Interactions Involving Excited Species
Chapter 6 Vibrational Excitation and Transport Properties of Reacting Gases Beyond the Eucken Approximation
Chapter 7 Electronically Excited States and Transport Properties of Thermal Plasmas
Chapter 8 Transport Properties of Multitemperature Plasmas
Chapter 9 Transport Properties in the Presence of MagneticFields
Chapter 10 Some Problems in the Calculation of TransportProperties of Partially Ionized Gases
Chapter 11 Transport Properties of High Temperature Planetary Atmospheres

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Mario Capitelli, University of Bari,

Domenico Bruno, IMIP CNR

Annarita Laricchiuta, IMIP CNR

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