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From Newton to Boltzmann: Hard Spheres and Short-Range Potentials
 
Isabelle Gallagher Université Paris Diderot, France
Laure Saint-Raymond Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
Benjamin Texier Université Paris Diderot, France
A publication of European Mathematical Society
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From Newton to Boltzmann: Hard Spheres and Short-Range Potentials
Isabelle Gallagher Université Paris Diderot, France
Laure Saint-Raymond Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
Benjamin Texier Université Paris Diderot, France
A publication of European Mathematical Society
Available Formats:
Softcover ISBN:  978-3-03719-129-3
Product Code:  EMSZLEC/18
List Price: $38.00
AMS Member Price: $30.40
Please note AMS points can not be used for this product
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    EMS Zurich Lectures in Advanced Mathematics
    Volume: 182014; 150 pp
    MSC: Primary 35;

    The question addressed in this monograph is the relationship between the time-reversible Newton dynamics for a system of particles interacting via elastic collisions and the irreversible Boltzmann dynamics which gives a statistical description of the collision mechanism. Two types of elastic collisions are considered: hard spheres and compactly supported potentials.

    Following the steps suggested by Lanford in 1974, the authors describe the transition from Newton to Boltzmann by proving a rigorous convergence result in short time, as the number of particles tends to infinity and their size simultaneously goes to zero, in the Boltzmann-Grad scaling.

    Boltzmann's kinetic theory rests on the assumption that particle independence is propagated by the dynamics. This assumption is central to the issue of appearance of irreversibility. For finite numbers of particles, correlations are generated by collisions. The convergence proof establishes that for initially independent configurations, independence is statistically recovered in the limit.

    This book is intended for mathematicians working in the fields of partial differential equations and mathematical physics and is accessible to graduate students with a background in analysis.

    Readership

    Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in partial differential equations and mathematical physics.

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Volume: 182014; 150 pp
MSC: Primary 35;

The question addressed in this monograph is the relationship between the time-reversible Newton dynamics for a system of particles interacting via elastic collisions and the irreversible Boltzmann dynamics which gives a statistical description of the collision mechanism. Two types of elastic collisions are considered: hard spheres and compactly supported potentials.

Following the steps suggested by Lanford in 1974, the authors describe the transition from Newton to Boltzmann by proving a rigorous convergence result in short time, as the number of particles tends to infinity and their size simultaneously goes to zero, in the Boltzmann-Grad scaling.

Boltzmann's kinetic theory rests on the assumption that particle independence is propagated by the dynamics. This assumption is central to the issue of appearance of irreversibility. For finite numbers of particles, correlations are generated by collisions. The convergence proof establishes that for initially independent configurations, independence is statistically recovered in the limit.

This book is intended for mathematicians working in the fields of partial differential equations and mathematical physics and is accessible to graduate students with a background in analysis.

Readership

Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in partial differential equations and mathematical physics.

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