J. Phys. IV France 10 (2000) Pr5-209-Pr5-214
Electrical conductivity measurement in dense metal plasmas : Comparisons of several metalsA.W. DeSilva and J.D. Katsouros
Institute for Plasma Research, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742, U.S.A.
We measure the electrical conductivity of strongly coupled metal plasmas in the temperature range 8-30 kK, in a density range from about 1/2 solid density down to about 10-3 times solid density. Plasma density is deduced from streak photography, and temperature deduced from energy input, using the LANL SESAME database. The results are compared with theoretical predictions of several authors. When conductivity is plotted vs. atom density, very little difference is seen between aluminium. iron, nickel, copper and tungsten plasmas.
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