साहा समीकरण

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साहा समीकरण का विकाश सुप्रसिद्ध भारतीय खगोलविज्ञानी (एस्ट्रोफिजिसिस्ट्) मेघनाद साहा ने 1920 में किया था। इसके द्वारा वर्णपट्ट के आधार पर तारों के वर्गीकरण की व्याख्या की गई है। For a gas composed of a single atomic species, the Saha equation is written:

where:

  • is the density of atoms in the i-th state of ionization, that is with i electrons removed.
  • is the degeneracy of states for the i-ions
  • is the energy required to remove i electrons from a neutral atom, creating an i-level ion.
  • is the electron density
  • is the thermal de Broglie wavelength of an electron

In the case where only one level of ionization is important, we have and defining the total density n  as , the Saha equation simplifies to:

where is the energy of ionization.

The Saha equation is useful for determining the ratio of particle densities for two different ionization levels. The most useful form of the Saha equation for this purpose is

,

where Z denotes the partition function. The Saha equation can be seen as a restatement of the equilibrium condition for the chemical potentials: