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  Journal of Spectroscopy and Dynamics 2013, 3: 17
  Research Article
Determination and analysis of plasma radiative properties for numerical simulations of laboratory radiative blast waves launched in xenon clusters
  R. Rodrigueza,b, J. M. Gila,b, G. Espinosaa, R. Floridoa,b, M. A. Mendozaa,b, P. Martela,b, E. Minguezb, D. R. Symesc, M. Hohenbergerd, R. A. Smithd  
a Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Campus de Tafira, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
b Instituto de Fusion Nuclear, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid. 28006 Madrid, Spain
c Central Laser Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire, OX11 OQX, UK
d Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London, SW7, 2BZ, UK

  Radiative shock waves play a pivotal role in the transport energy into the stellar medium. This fact has led to many efforts to scale the astrophysical phenomena to accessible laboratory conditions and their study has been highlighted as an area requiring further experimental investigations. Low density material with high atomic mass is suitable to achieve radiative regime, and, therefore, low density xenon plasmas are commonly used for the medium in which the radiative shocks propagate. The knowledge of the plasma radiative properties is crucial for the correct understanding and for the hydrodynamic simulations of radiative shocks. In this work, we perform an analysis of the radiative properties of xenon plasmas in a range of matter densities and electron temperatures typically found in laboratory experiments of radiative shocks launched in xenon plasmas. Furthermore, for a particular experiment, our analysis is applied to make a diagnostics of the electron temperatures of the radiative shocks since they could not be experimentally measured.
  Plasma radiative properties; Xenon plasmas; Laboratory astrophysics; Radiative shocks  

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