Unified equation of state for weakly and stronglycoupled laboratory plasmas
Abstract
An argument is presented which permits a laboratory plasma of arbitrary ionization to be viewed as a one component plasma. In this equivalence, an effective ion charge number, dependent on temperature and ion number density, is used to obtain a generalized plasma parameter, in turn, dependent on temperature and ion number density. Employing this generalized plasma parameter in previously obtained expressions for internal energy yields a unified equation of state over the range of consideration. A numerical plot of this equation as a function of temperature reflects the shell structure of atoms in the plasma.
 Publication:

Interim Report Battelle Columbus Labs
 Pub Date:
 September 1986
 Bibcode:
 1986bclo.reptQ....L
 Keywords:

 Atomic Structure;
 ElectronIon Recombination;
 Equations Of State;
 Plasmas (Physics);
 Thermodynamic Properties;
 Internal Energy;
 Ion Density (Concentration);
 Plasma Temperature;
 Railgun Accelerators;
 Plasma Physics