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19)). 3, their speeds remain unaltered. g. particles of comparable masses and similar initial velocities) tE and td are very similar, and, indeed, the distinction between them is not always adequately drawn in the astrophysical literature. In general, however, tE can exceed td considerably. An important example of this diﬀerence occurs for electron–ion collisions in a plasma mi ∼ in thermal equilibrium: since me = mp and the centre-of-mass frame diﬀers from vi (cf. 12)). e. ∆E ∼ 1 2 2 mi v i me mi 1.
1 Introduction Whenever we need to consider the behaviour of a gas on lengthscales comparable to the mean free path between collisions, we must use the ideas of plasma physics. In this chapter we shall brieﬂy introduce some of the concepts that will be important to our study of accretion. A plasma diﬀers from an atomic or molecular gas in that it consists of a mixture of two gases of electrically charged particles: an electron gas and an ion gas, with very diﬀerent particle masses me and mi . The electrons and ions interact with each other through their electrostatic Coulomb attractions and repulsions.
28) (Ne in cm−3 ), where Ze is the average ion charge, and an ion–ion collision frequency as νc (i−i) ∼ 1/td (i−i) ∼ = 5 × 10−2 ln ΛZ 4 Ne T −3/2 s−1 . 29) So far, we have considered only the deﬂections of plasma particles: the timescales td give an approximate measure of the time for an initially anisotropic velocity distribution to relax to isotropy. 30) where E is the energy of a test particle and ∆E the change due to collisions (cf. 19)). 3, their speeds remain unaltered. g. particles of comparable masses and similar initial velocities) tE and td are very similar, and, indeed, the distinction between them is not always adequately drawn in the astrophysical literature.