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About various validity criteria for the configuration average in collisional-radiative codes

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The characterization of out-of-local-thermal-equilibrium plasmas requires the use of collisional-radiative kinetic equations. This leads to the solution of large linear systems, for which statistical treatments such as configuration average may bring considerable simplification. In order to check the validity of this procedure, a criterion based on the comparison between a partial-rate systems and the Saha-Boltzmann solution is discussed in detail here. Several forms of this criterion are discussed. The interest of these variants is that they involve each type of relevant transition (collisional or radiative), which allows one to check separately the influence of each of these processes on the configuration-average validity. The method is illustrated by a charge-distribution analysis in carbon and neon plasmas. Finally, it is demonstrated that when the energy dispersion of every populated configuration is smaller than the electron thermal energy, the proposed criterion is fulfilled in each of its forms.

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cea-00246535 , version 1 (07-02-2008)

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Michel Poirier. About various validity criteria for the configuration average in collisional-radiative codes. Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, 2008, 41, pp.025701. ⟨10.1088/0953-4075/41/2/025701⟩. ⟨cea-00246535⟩

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