Thermodynamics
Series: Springer Series on Atomic, Optical, and Plasma Physics, Vol. 66
Capitelli, Mario, Colonna, Gianpiero, D'Angola, Antonio
2012, XVIII, 310 p.
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Fundamental Aspects of Plasma Chemical Physics - Thermodynamics develops basic and advanced concepts of plasma thermodynamics from both classical and statistical points of view.
After a refreshment of classical thermodynamics applied to the dissociation and ionization regimes, the book invites the reader to discover the role of electronic excitation in affecting the properties of plasmas, a topic often overlooked by the thermal plasma community.
Particular attention is devoted to the problem of the divergence of the partition function of atomic species and the state-to-state approach for calculating the partition function of diatomic and polyatomic molecules. The limit of ideal gas approximation is also discussed, by introducing Debye-Huckel and virial corrections.
Throughout the book, worked examples are given in order to clarify concepts and mathematical approaches.
This book is a first of a series of three books to be published by the authors on fundamental aspects of plasma chemical physics. The next books will discuss transport and kinetics.
Content Level » Research
Keywords » Classical thermodynamics - Debye Hückel corrections - Thermodynamics of equilibrium plasmas - electronic excitation - fundamentals of plasma chemical physics
Related subjects » Atomic, Molecular, Optical & Plasma Physics - Classical Continuum Physics - Complexity - Physical Chemistry
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