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Relativistic Boltzmann Theory

  • S. R. de Groot
Conference paper
Part of the Acta Physica Austriaca book series (FEWBODY, volume 10/1973)

Summary

In the last thirty years a relativistic kinetic theory of transport processes has been developed, which is based on an appropriate generalization of Boltzmann’s celebrated equation. The relevant macroscopic laws could be derived in the framework of this theory. Moreover transport coefficients could be calculated, according to various procedures:
  1. (a)

    the eigenvalue method,

     
  2. (b)

    the simplified collision description,

     
  3. (c)

    the moment method and

     
  4. (d)

    the orthogonal functions method.

     

The last — new — method is free from the limitations, inherent in the first three. In fact it allows to find values for the relativistic transport coefficients of systems of particles with arbitrary cross-sections in successive approximations Results are presented for the heat conductivity, the viscosities and the coefficient of sound absorption of simple relativistic gases with different cross-sections, in various approximations.

Keywords

Collision Rate Transport Coefficient Moment Method Collision Operator Thermodynamic Force 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. R. de Groot
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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