Link between K-absorption edges and thermodynamic properties of warm-dense plasmas established by improved first-principles method

21 Feb 2015  ·  Zhang Shen, Zhao Shijun, Kang Wei, Zhang Ping, He Xian-Tu ·

A precise calculation that translates shifts of X-ray K-absorption edges to variations of thermodynamic properties allows quantitative characterization of interior thermodynamic properties of warm dense plasmas by X-ray absorption techniques, which provides essential information for inertial confinement fusion and other astrophysical applications. We show that this interpretation can be achieved through an improved first-principles method... Our calculation shows that the shift of K-edges exhibits selective sensitivity to thermal parameters and thus would be a suitable temperature index to warm dense plasmas. We also show with a simple model that the shift of K-edges can be used to detect inhomogeneity inside warm dense plasmas when combined with other experimental tools. read more

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