Kinetic Equations from Hamiltonian Dynamics: The Markovian Approximations

  • H. Spohn
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 293)


The goal of non-equilibrium statistical mechanics is to explain the macroscopic behavior of matter from the dynamics of its microscopic constituents, i.e. atoms or molecules. Because of the large number of particles involved, this is a rather ambitious program. Therefore, as an intermediate step, one tries to write down an approximately valid dynamics as governed by a kinetic equation. Examples are the Boltzmann equation for a dilute gas, the hydrodynamic equations for an “aged” fluid, etc., There is a lot known about the interrelationship between the microscopic and kinetic description of a physical system and it would be rather hopeless to press all these results into one lecture. Therefore I would like to do three things.


Kinetic Equation Boltzmann Equation Hard Sphere Specular Reflection Weak Coupling Limit 
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  • H. Spohn
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  1. 1.Universität MünchenMünchenGermany

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