Equilibrium and the Stationary Ionization States

  • D. A. Frank-Kamenetskii


If an incompletely ionized plasma is maintained under constant external conditions the simultaneous action of the ionization and recombination processes lead to the establishment of conditions in which the rate of ionization is equal to the rate of recombination. Thereafter, the densities of ions and electrons remain constant. A condition of this kind is said to be stationary.


Statistical Weight Elementary Cell Detailed Balance Electron Collision Saha Equation 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. A. Frank-Kamenetskii
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  1. 1.Kurchatov Institute of Atomic EnergyAcademy of Sciences of the USSRMoscowRussia

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