Lenard-Balescu calculations and classical molecular dynamics simulations of electrical and thermal conductivities of hydrogen plasmas
© 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 , and reach similar conclusions as to which forms of statistical potentials best reproduce true quantum behavior.
Whitley, HD; Scullard, CR; Benedict, LX; Castor, JI; Randles, A; Glosli, JN; Richards, DF; Desjarlais, MP; Graziani, FR
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