Electron-Ion Recombination Processes in Plasmas

  • Yukap Hahn


As an initially disturbed plasma proceeds toward steady state, recombination processes, together with collisional excitation and ionization, play an important role in determining the relaxation time and final-state ionization balance of the plasma. Recombination of free electrons1 with ions results in the emission of radiation that carries information about the radiating system. This recombination radiation and radiative decay X rays of excited states provide important tools with which the structure of the radiating system and its environment can be examined. Modeling and diagnostics of laboratory and astrophysical plasmas have relied heavily on the information carried by these radiations.


Dielectronic Recombination Cascade Transition Continuum Electron Collisional Excitation Isoelectronic Sequence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yukap Hahn
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA
  2. 2.CTRStorrsUSA

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