Compton interaction of a photon gas with a plasma

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The rate of energy transfer due to Compton collisions from a photon gas to a Maxwell electron gas is calculated to fourth order in the expansion parameters kTemc2 and kTRmc2. The photon distribution is taken to be Planckian at a temperature TR not equal to the electron temperature Te. It is found that the nonrelativistic expression is accurate only for kTR≤2.5 keV and kTe≤20 keV, while the fourth-order expression is accurate for kTR≤10 keV and kTe≤80 keV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2731-2734
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number10
StatePublished - Jan 1 1970


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