Electronic Excitation and Thermodynamic Properties of Thermal Plasmas

  • Mario CapitelliEmail author
  • Gianpiero Colonna
  • Antonio D’Angola
Part of the Springer Series on Atomic, Optical, and Plasma Physics book series (SSAOPP, volume 66)


In this chapter, we will show the importance of electronic excitation in deriving partition functions, their first and second derivatives, as well as the thermodynamic properties of single atomic species and of plasma mixture. Recent results obtained by using different cutoff criteria are discussed and compared with the so-called ground state method, i.e., by inserting in the electronic partition function only the ground electronic state of the atomic species. The results obtained by a self-consistent calculation of partition function, equilibrium composition and thermodynamic properties will be rationalized taking into account the qualitative considerations reported in Chap. 1.


Partition Function Electronic Excitation Debye Length Logarithmic Derivative Cutoff Criterion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mario Capitelli
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gianpiero Colonna
    • 2
  • Antonio D’Angola
    • 3
  1. 1.Dipartimento di ChimicaUniversità di BariBariItaly
  2. 2.Istituto di Metodologie Inorganiche e dei Plasmi (IMIP) Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)BariItaly
  3. 3.Dipartimento di Ingegneria e Fisica dell’Ambiente (DIFA)University of BasilicataPotenzaItaly

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