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This book covers all aspects of opacity and equations of state for gases, plasmas, and dust
The discussion emphasizes the continuous transformation of the equilibrium compositions of these phases as a function of temperature and density
Discusses the terrestrial applications of opacity in which radiation is the dominant means of energy transfer, such as controlled-fusion, laser ablation, and the "greenhouse" effect
The interaction of radiation with matter is a fundamental process in the universe; in particular, the absorption and scattering of radiation by matter (the opacity) govern the formation, evolution, and structure of stars and planets. But opacity is also important in many terrestrial applications in which radiation is the dominant means of energy transfer, such as controlled nuclear-fusion, laser ablation, atmospheric entry and reentry, and the "greenhouse" effect. This book covers all aspects of opacity and equations of state for plasmas, gases, vapors, and dust and emphasizes the continuous transformation of phases and molecular compositions with changing density and temperature under conditions of local thermodynamic equilibrium (LTE) while preserving the basic abundances of the chemical elements in a mixture.