Resistivity of non-crystalline carbon in the 1-100eV range

A P L Robinson, H Schmitz, P McKenna

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A resistivity model for non-crystalline, solid-density carbon and hydrocarbons is presented for such materials heated by short-pulse, ultra-intense lasers. Electron-impact excitation of C atoms and ions was included in this model,and calculation of resistivity curves with and without accounting for excitations indicates that excitations contribute >50% of the resistivity in the 3–20 eV range. This implies that electron-impact excitations make a similar contribution to electron-ion scattering, and thus models not accounting for electron-impact excitation may underestimate the resistivity of dense plasmas in this temperature range.
Original languageEnglish
Article number083045
Number of pages10
JournalNew Journal of Physics
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2015


  • non-crystalline carbon
  • hydrocarbons
  • lasers
  • resistivity curves


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