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Saha Equation Normalized to Total Atomic Number

Fowler, John W. (2012) Saha Equation Normalized to Total Atomic Number. , Pasadena, CA. (Submitted)

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The Saha equation describes the relative number density of consecutive ionization levels of a given atomic species under conditions of thermodynamic equilibrium in an ionized gas. Because the number density in the denominator may be very small, special steps must be taken to ensure numerical stability. In this paper we recast the equation into a form in which each ionization fraction is normalized by the total number density of the atomic species, analogous to the Boltzmann equation describing the distribution of excitation states for a given ion.

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Additional Information:The author would like to thank Frank Masci for his assistance with this manuscript.
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:25 Sep 2012 16:36
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