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Author Harris, G. M.
Sponsorship USDOE
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword PHYSICS ♦ ATOMS ♦ DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS ♦ ELECTRIC POTENTIAL ♦ ELECTRONS ♦ ENERGY LEVELS ♦ EQUILIBRIUM ♦ GASES ♦ HYDROGEN ♦ INTERACTIONS ♦ IONIZATION ♦ IONS ♦ MOLECULES ♦ PLASMA ♦ STABILITY ♦ TEMPERATURE ♦ THERMODYNAMICS ♦ VOLUME
Abstract A method has been developed for the calculation of the equilibrium properties of an ionized gas consisting of many nuclear and molecular species. An essential feature of the present calculation is that it explicitly considers more than one ionic species per atom and therefore applies to partially ionized atoms and molecules. Tree and bound electrons are distinguished by counting as bound electrons all those in the ground state of each ionic species. Molecular species with internal degrees of freedom are also included. The additivity oi lunetic and potential energy is assumed, a classical electrostatic potential oi interaction is used, and electron degeneracy is included only in the kinetic energy terms. The Helmholtz free energy of the system is minimized with respect to the concentration oi each species assumed present, thus determining the equilibrium composition oi the system as a function of temperature and volume. The thermodynamic quantities of interest are then calculated for an appropriate temperature-volume grid. This method thus allows the effect oi the variation of composition on the equation of state to be determined, as well as the delineation oi regions in PVT space where the electron degeneracy and electrostatic interaction each becomes important. The present model is applied to a system of particles arising irom the hydrogen molecule. (auth)
ISSN 00219606
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1959-11-01
Publisher Department Univ. of California, Livermore
Journal Journal of Chemical Physics
Volume Number 31
Organization Univ. of California, Livermore


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