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The Lattice Boltzmann EquationFor Complex States of Flowing Matter$
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Sauro Succi

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199592357

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199592357.001.0001

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Boltzmann’s Kinetic Theory

Boltzmann’s Kinetic Theory

Chapter:
(p.17) 2 Boltzmann’s Kinetic Theory
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The Lattice Boltzmann Equation
Author(s):

Sauro Succi

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199592357.003.0002

Kinetic theory is the branch of statistical physics dealing with the dynamics of non-equilibrium processes and their relaxation to thermodynamic equilibrium. Established by Ludwig Boltzmann (1844–1906) in 1872, his eponymous equation stands as its mathematical cornerstone. Originally developed in the framework of dilute gas systems, the Boltzmann equation has spread its wings across many areas of modern statistical physics, including electron transport in semiconductors, neutron transport, quantum-relativistic fluids in condensed matter and even subnuclear plasmas. In this Chapter, a basic introduction to the Boltzmann equation in the context of classical statistical mechanics shall be provided.

Keywords:   Kinetic theory, Ludwig Boltzmann, Boltzmann equation, statistical mechanics

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