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Recent Applications of Boltzmann’s Theory

  • D. Rainer

Abstract

We celebrate Boltzmann on the occasion of his 150th birthday as a pioneer of many-body theory. Of special importance for many-body physics is Boltzmann’s transport equation which he introduced in order to describe the macroscopic behavior of gases in terms of the microscopic motion of interacting atoms. One might say, using a more modern language, that Boltzmann’s equation solved the many-body problem of a dilute gas of classical atoms with strong short range interactions. It was realized later that this equation is a very fundamental equation of many-body statistics. For example, the Boltzmann equation is established today as one of the basic equations of the physics of gases, plasma physics, neutron transport, radiative transfer, the theory of semiconductors and metals, the theory of quantum liquids, and other fields of physics.

Keywords

Boltzmann Equation Fermi Surface Fermi Liquid Collision Term Renormalization Factor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Rainer
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  1. 1.Physikalisches InstitutUniversität BayreuthBayreuthGermany

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