Physical chemist Eric Kandel explains how the basics of plasma physics work in a new book, Physical Chemistry: From Molecules to Systems.
“When you have a very small number of particles, it’s not very difficult to describe how they work,” Kandel says.
“In our case, it only takes a few million particles.
But even then, the molecules can be very complex, and we need to make a lot of assumptions about their properties.
So it’s a very important topic.” “
There’s a lot that is just not known about the physics of plasma.
So it’s a very important topic.”
Kandel, who also worked at Stanford University and the University of Rochester, says that the book is meant to introduce the general population to the basics.
“It’s important to have a solid grounding in the basics,” he says.
For example, there’s no known way to determine whether a molecule is an electron or an antifreeze.
But the researchers have made a couple of assumptions, Kandel points out.
First, the electrons and antifreeses can both be formed at the same time, so they don’t interact with each other.
Second, they both have the same atomic mass.
This means they could be formed simultaneously.
“This is something that is very important for understanding how the molecules react,” he explains.
“But what is the mass of the electrons in a molecule?
Kessel says he hopes the book will help those interested in the topic of plasma chemistry to think about the properties of the atoms. “
I think that if you take the most conservative answer, then the answer is, well, the atoms will be in equilibrium.”
Kessel says he hopes the book will help those interested in the topic of plasma chemistry to think about the properties of the atoms.
“A good example of this is the plasma of an atom,” he points out, “and what happens to it when you compress it, and it doesn’t change.
But that’s not the case for the molecules.
It can change rapidly.
So the question is, what is going on inside that atom?
And how does the plasma behave?”
Physical Chemistry will be published in 2018 by Cambridge University Press.