local thermodynamic equilibrium


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local thermodynamic equilibrium

(LTE) See thermodynamic equilibrium.
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Numano, "Criteria for local thermodynamic equilibrium distributions of populations of excited atoms in a plasma," Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer, pp.
Well before the days of Chandrasekhar, Milne elaborated further on local thermal equilibrium in the gaseous framework: "The interior of a star is in a state of local thermodynamic equilibrium of this character.