Lenard-Balescu calculations and classical molecular dynamics simulations of electrical and thermal conductivities of hydrogen plasmas


Journal Article

© 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim. We present a discussion of kinetic theory treatments of linear electrical and thermal transport in hydrogen plasmas, for a regime of interest to inertial confinement fusion applications. In order to assess the accuracy of one of the more involved of these approaches, classical Lenard-Balescu theory, we perform classical molecular dynamics simulations of hydrogen plasmas using 2-body quantum statistical potentials and compute both electrical and thermal conductivity from our particle trajectories using the Kubo approach. Our classical Lenard-Balescu results employing the identical statistical potentials agree well with the simulations. Comparison between quantum Lenard-Balescu and classical Lenard-Balescu for conductivities then allows us to both validate and critique the use of various statistical potentials for the prediction of plasma transport properties. These findings complement our earlier MD/kinetic theory work on temperature equilibration [1], and reach similar conclusions as to which forms of statistical potentials best reproduce true quantum behavior.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Whitley, HD; Scullard, CR; Benedict, LX; Castor, JI; Randles, A; Glosli, JN; Richards, DF; Desjarlais, MP; Graziani, FR

Published Date

  • January 1, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 55 / 2-3

Start / End Page

  • 192 - 202

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1521-3986

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0863-1042

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/ctpp.201400066

Citation Source

  • Scopus