# Plasma Physics Approximations in Ares

_{n}( μ/θ ), the chemical potential, μ or ζ = ln(1+e

^{ μ/θ}), and the temperature, θ = kT. Since these formulae are expensive to compute, rational function approximations were fit to them. Approximations are also used to find the chemical potential, either μ or ζ . The fits use ζ as the independent variable instead of μ/θ . New fits are provided for A

^{α}(ζ ),A

^{β}(ζ ), ζ, f(ζ ) = (1 + e

^{-μ/θ})F

_{1/2}(μ/θ), F

_{1/2}'/F

_{1/2}, F

_{c}

^{α}, and F

_{c}

^{β}. In each case the relative error of the fit is minimized since the functions can vary by many orders of magnitude. The new fits are designed to exactly preserve the limiting values in the non-degenerate and highly degenerate limits or as ζ→ 0 or ∞. The original fits due to Lee & More and George Zimmerman are presented for comparison.

- Publication Date:

- OSTI Identifier:
- 1179438

- Report Number(s):
- LLNL-PROC-666110

TRN: US1600149

- DOE Contract Number:
- AC52-07NA27344

- Resource Type:
- Conference

- Resource Relation:
- Conference: NECDC, Los Alamos, NM (United States), 20-24 Oct 2014

- Research Org:
- Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)

- Sponsoring Org:
- USDOE

- Country of Publication:
- United States

- Language:
- English

- Subject:
- 70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION; APPROXIMATIONS; THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY; ELECTRONS; FUNCTIONS; PLASMA; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; POTENTIALS; LIMITING VALUES; ERRORS; INTEGRALS; TRANSPORT THEORY; ANALYTICAL SOLUTION; ELECTRIC CONDUCTIVITY