Radiation in Tenuous Air at High Temperatures

  • A. E. Kingston


For very hot and tenuous air the most rapid relaxation mechanism is radiative energy loss to the surroundings. Of course, the air densities and energy contents for which this is true depend somewhat on the size of the hot region. There is a strong tendency in such a gas cooling radiatively for the internal energy distribution to be shifted significantly from thermodynamic equilibrium. We are interested in this shifted energy distribution as well as the cooling rate and power radiated.


Recombination Rate Electron Temperature Electron Recombination Resonance Radiation Radiative Energy Loss 
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