The Boltzmann Equation

  • Larry A. ViehlandEmail author
Part of the Springer Series on Atomic, Optical, and Plasma Physics book series (SSAOPP, volume 105)


We are concerned with experiments in which the effects of collisions must be treated on an equal basis with the effects of external fields. Hence, we cannot simply add a collisional damping term to Newton’s equations of motion for a single particle. Instead, we take the 1872 equation of Ludwig Edward Boltzmann (1844–1906) as the fundamental kinetic equation for an ion swarm.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Science DepartmentChatham UniversityPittsburghUSA

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