ionization correction factor (ICF)
karvand-e aršâyeš-e yoneš
Fr.: facteur de correction d'ionisation
A quantity used in studies of → emission nebulae to convert the → ionic abundance of a given chemical element to its total → elemental abundance. The elemental abundance of an element relative to hydrogen is given by the sum of abundances of all its ions. In practice, not all the ionization stages are observed. One must therefore correct for unobserved stages using ICFs. A common way to do this was to rely on → ionization potential considerations. However, → photoionization models show that such simple relations do not necessarily hold. Hence, ICFs based on grids of photoionization models are more reliable. Nevertheless here also care should be taken for several reasons: the atomic physics is not well known yet, the ionization structure of a nebula depends on the spectral energy distribution of the stellar radiation field, which differs from one model to another, and the density structure of real nebulae is more complicated than that of idealized models (see, e.g., Stasińska, 2002, astro-ph/0207500, and references therein).
→ ionization; → correction; → factor.
Fr.: facteur de Landé
The constant of proportionality relating the separations of lines of successive pairs of adjacent components of the levels of a spectral multiplet to the larger of the two J-values for the respective pairs. The interval between two successive components J and J + 1 is proportional to J + 1.
After Alfred Landé (1888-1976), a German-American physicist, known for his contributions to quantum theory; → facteur.
1) The act or process of liquefying or making liquid.
Fr.: facteur de Lorentz
In → special relativity, an important parameter which appears in several equations, including → time dilation, → length contraction, and → relativistic mass. It is defined as γ = 1 / [1 - (v/c)2]1/2 = dt/dτ, where v is the velocity as observed in the reference frame where time t is measured, τ is the proper time, and c the → velocity of light. Same as Lorentz γ factor.
The state of being rarefied, less dense.
M.E. rarefien, from M.Fr. rarefier, from L. rarefacere "make rare," from rarus "loose, wide apart, thin, infrequent."
Verbal noun from âlar present stem of âlaridan→ rarefy + -š, a suffix.
Fr.: onde de raréfaction
A pressure wave in a fluid generated by rarefaction. It travels in the opposite direction to that of a shock wave in the medium.
→ rarefaction; → wave.
Fr.: facteur de réflexion
The ratio of total flux that is reflected from a surface to the incident flux. Also called reflectance, reflectivity.
→ reflection; → factor.
Fr.: facteur d'échelle
A number which scales, or multiplies, some quantity. In the equation
y = Cx, C is the scale factor for x. C is also the
coefficient of x, and may be called the constant of proportionality of
y to x.
bâšâ-ye dâneši, ~ dânešik
Fr.: fait scientifique
An agreement by competent observers of a series of observations of the same phenomena. From time to time scientific facts are revised by additional data (G. Smooth, Lawrence Berkeley Lab website).
→ scientific; → fact.
Stokes friction factor
karvand-e mâleš-e Stokes
Fr.: facteur de friction de Stokes
For the translational motion of a spherical body moving in a → viscous fluid, the proportionality factor between the uniform flow velocity far from the sphere and the drag force, provided no-slip boundary condition and small → Reynolds numbers: f = 6πηR, where η is the Reynolds number and R radius of the sphere.