Physics of High-Temperature Air. Pt. 1. Basics
Final rept. Oct 1987-Dec 1988
INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA
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This document provides an introduction for the non-specialist to the physics of dissociating and ionizing air in the temperature range from 1000-12, 000 K. Topics addressed include the equilibrium composition and radiative properties of air under these conditions together with an indication of when and how the assumptions of equilibrium tend to break down. A preliminary discussion is given of applications to missile reentry, to nuclear fireballs, and to the physics of the upper atmosphere.
- Atmospheric Physics