- Conference date: 4-9 June 2006
- Location: Auburn, Alabama (USA)
It was recently shown that a quantum kinetic theory approach to Stark broadening of spectral lines yields corrections to the standard impact theory that may resolve discrepancies between theoretical and experimental widths of isolated lines. Furthermore, the kinetic theory method predicts, contrary to the standard impact theory, different emission and absorption line widths for plasmas in non‐thermal equilibrium. This difference presents new opportunities for experimentally resolving the disagreements in electron‐impact line broadening. Quantitative predictions suggest that such experiments are feasible.
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