Cover: Energy Transfer in Particle-Surface Interactions in Hypervelocity Flight

Energy Transfer in Particle-Surface Interactions in Hypervelocity Flight

Commentary and Bibliography

by F. C. Hurlbut


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One deterrent to further development in the field of particle-surface interactions has been the wide distribution of literature on the subject in publications of such diverse fields as surface chemistry, solid-state physics, gaseous electronics, and the kinetic theory of gases. This study provides a comprehensive review of particle-surface interaction research, plus a bibliography containing over 250 entries, many of which are annotated in detail. The subject area is limited to nonreactive energy transfer between gas molecules and surfaces at energy levels of interest to the gas dynamicist and hence is extended, in these terms, from the energies associated with gases at low temperatures to those associated with the velocities of satellites.

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