Fr.: raie D
One of the pair of yellow lines in emission spectra of neutral sodium (Na I). D1 has a wavelength of 5895.94 Å and D2 is 5889.97 Å. This sodium doublet is one of the strongest absorption features in the spectra of late-type stars.
Labelled D in a sequence of alphabetical letters first used by Joseph von Fraunhofer to designate spectral features in the solar spectrum, → Fraunhofer line.
Fr.: anneau D
Fr.: paradoxe de d'Alembert
A hydrodynamical paradox arising from the neglect of → viscosity in the → steady flow of a fluid around a submerged solid body. According to this paradox, the submerged body would offer no resistance to the flow of an → inviscid fluid and the pressure on the surface of the body would be symmetrically distributed about the body. This paradox may be traced to the neglect of the viscous forces, which are indirectly responsible for fluid resistance by modifying the velocity field close to a solid body (Meteorology Glossary, American Meteorological Society).
Fr.: principe de d'Alembert
The statement that a moving body can be brought to a → static equilibrium by applying an imaginary inertia force of the same magnitude as that of the accelerating force but in the opposite direction. More specifically, when a body of mass m is moving with a uniform acceleration a under the action of an external force F, we can write: F = m . a, according to Newton's second law. This equation can also be written as: F - ma = 0. Therefore, by applying the force -ma, the body will be considered in equilibrium as the sum of all forces acting on it is zero. Such equilibrium is called → dynamic equilibrium. Owing to this principle, dynamical problems can be treated as if they were statical.
Named after the French mathematician and philosopher Jean le Rond d'Alembert (1717-1783), who introduced the principle in his Traité de dynamique (1743).
Fr.: principe d'Alembert-Lagrange
A second order, → partial differential operator in space-time, defined as: ▫2 = ∂2/∂x2 + ∂2/∂y2 + ∂2/∂z2 - (1/c2)∂2/∂t2, or ▫2 = ∇2 - (1/c2)(∂2/∂t2), where ∇2 is the → Laplacian and c is the → speed of light. This operator is the square of the → four-dimensional operator ▫, which is Lorentz invariant.
D-type ionization front
pišân-e yoneš-e gune-ye D
Fr.: front d'ionisation de type D
An → ionization front of → H II regions whose expansion speed is comparable to the → sound speed in the gas (~ 10 km/sec for hydrogen at 104 K). A D-type ionization front results from → R-type ionization front when its propagation speed decreases as the volume of gas ahead of the ionization front grows. If front velocity is equal to a lower limit (C12 / 2C2, where C1 and C2 are the sound speed ahead and behind the front respectively), the front is called D critical.
Fr.: raie D3
D3, because of confusion with the sodium → D lines. When Joseph N. Lockyer first observed this line in the solar spectrum at the eclipse of 1868, helium was not yet isolated on Earth. Initially, this line was thought to be the third member of the D1 and D2 line family of sodium which lie in the same yellow part of the spectrum; → line.
DA white dwarf
sefid kutule-ye DA
Fr.: naine blanche DA
Fr.: minimum de Dalton
Named after John Dalton (1766-1844), British meteorologist; → minimum.
Of an oscillating system, the progressive decrease with time in the amplitude of the oscillation, due to friction (internal or external) or other resistance.
M.E. damp "black damp, a poison gas occurring in a mine," from Mid.Du. or Mid. Low German; akin to O.H.G. damph "vapor."
Mirâyi, noun from mirâ "getting extinguished, going out, expiring, dying," from mordan, present tense stem mir- "to die," Mid.Pers. murdan "to die," O.Pers. mrt- "to die," amriyta "dies," martiya- "(mortal) man" (Mod.Pers. mard "man"), Av. mərəta- "died," Skt. mar- "to die," mrti- "death;" PIE base *mor-/*mr- "to die." Cognates in other IE languages: Gk. emorten "died," ambrotos "immortal," L. morior "I die," mortuus "dead" (Fr. mourir "to die," mort "dead"), Arm. merani- "to die," O.C.S. mrutvu "dead," O.Ir. marb, Welsh marw "died," O.E. morþ "murder," Lith. mirtis "man."
1) Liability or exposure to harm or injury; risk; peril.
M.E. daunger, from O.Fr. dangier "power, power to harm, authority, control," alteration of dongier, from V.L. *dominarium "power of a lord," from L. dominus "lord, master," → domain.
Xatar "danger," loan from Ar.
Fr.: astrolabe de Danjon
A modern unportable astrolabe which is used for high precision measuring of stellar and geographical coordinates. The instrument uses the simultaneous observations of two images of the same star, one of the images formed directly by the lower face of a prism and the other by the light rays reflected first from a mercury bath and then by the upper face of the prism. The images coincide when the zenithal distance of the star attains a prefixed value (Gauss method of equal altitudes, → almucantar). Apart from astrometry, the Danjon astrolabe was used for studying the Earth's rotation and is currently used for solar radius measurements.
After André Danjon (1890-1967), French astronomer, who developed the instrument at the Strasbourg Observatory before the Second World War and at the Paris Observatory in 1948. The concept of prism astrolabe was initially invented by the French Auguste Claude (1858-1938) around 1900 and was later modified in collaboration with Ludovic Driencourt (1861-1940); → astrolabe.
Fr.: échelle de Danjon
A scale to evaluate as exactly as possible the darkening degree of a total → lunar eclipse. The five steps of the scale run from 0 (extremely dark, invisible Moon) to 4 (extremely bright, the eclipse having a very weak effect on the Moon's visibility). The darkening at a lunar eclipse is determined to a great extent by the transparency of the terrestrial atmosphere, which is affected by clouds and the dust from the volcanic eruptions (M.S.: SDE).
Fr.: sombre, obscur, noir
Having very little or no light.
M.E. derk, O.E. deorc, from P.Gmc. *derkaz.
Târik, Mid.Pers. târig "dark," târ "darkness," Av. taθra- "darkness," taθrya- "dark," cf. Skt. támisrâ- "darkness, dark night," L. tenebrae "darkness," Hittite taš(u)uant- "blind," O.H.G. demar "twilight."
niyâveš bé târiki
Fr.: adaptation à l'obscurité
The automatic adjustment of the iris and retina of the eye to allow maximum vision in the dark, following exposure of the eye to a relatively brighter illumination.
abr-e târik (#)
Fr.: nuage sombre
A relatively dense cloud of → interstellar gas, mainly molecular, whose dust particles obscure the light of stars behind it. A famous example is the → Horsehead Nebula silhouetted against the reddish glow of the → H II region IC 434. Individual dark clouds come in a range of sizes from tens of → light-years to tiny → Bok globules of only a few thousands → astronomical units.
Fr.: courant d'obscurité
Current generated in an electronic detector by thermal effects, even in the absence of input signal. In a → CCD detector, the current rises from thermal energy within the silicon lattice comprising the CCD. These electrons are captured by the CCD's potential wells and counted as signal. → dark current noise.
dark current noise
nufe-ye jarayân-e târiki
Fr.: bruit du courant d'obscurité
In a → CCD detector, statistical fluctuation of the → dark current, equal to the square root of the dark current. CCDs can be cooled either with thermoelectric coolers or liquid nitrogen to reduce this effect. Ideally, the dark current noise should be reduced to a point where its contribution is negligible over a typical exposure time.
Fr.: énergie noire
A hypothetical form of energy that fills all the space and tends to increase the rate of expansion of the Universe. Assuming the existence of dark energy is a way to explain recent observations that the Universe appears to be expanding at an increasing rate (→ accelerating Universe). Dark energy seems to be a kind of anti-gravity force and is supposed to be related to → vacuum energy. Where gravity pulls things together at the more local level, dark energy tears them apart on the grander scale. The acceleration equation, one of Einstein's equations for the homogeneous Universe, indicates that if the Universe is accelerating, the pressure of the driving component should be strongly negative. The dark energy density relates to the → cosmological constant via: ρ&Lambda = Λc2/(8πG), where G is the → gravitational constant and c the → speed of light. The first indication of dark energy was provided by the observation of → Type Ia supernovae. Other probes of dark energy are: → baryon acoustic oscillations, → weak gravitational lensing, and clusters of galaxies. In the standard model of cosmology, dark energy currently accounts for almost 74% of the total mass-energy of the Universe. Two proposed forms for dark energy are the cosmological constant and exotic component such as → quintessence.