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Boltzmann Transport Equation

  1. May 19, 2011 #1
    Hello. Do you know any textbook about Statistical Mechanics that discusses Boltzmann Transport Equation? It is not discussed in the textbooks that I know.

    Thank you.
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  3. May 19, 2011 #2

    Andy Resnick

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    It looks like a specific case of the Reynolds transport equation, but it also appears related to "detailed balance", the Langevin model, the Smoluchowski equation, the Fokker-Planck equation...

    The context seems to be kinetic theory and correlation functions- I found brief discussions in Boon and Yip's "Molecular Hydrodynamics", and additional material in Chaikin and Lubensky's "Principles of Condensed Matter Physics" and Brenner and Edwards "Macrotransport Processes".
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    Landau & Lifschitz' <Physical Kinetics> and R. Balescu's <Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics> are sources on this issue. Of course, basically any textbook on nonequlibrium statistical mechanics discusses the BBGKY hierarchy and Boltzmann's equation.
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    One of the best books on the subject is

    L. Kadanoff, G. Baym, Quantum Statistical Mechanics

    An original paper, which however has textbook quality and uses the Schwinger-Keldysh real-time contour formulation of non-relativistic off-equilibrium quantum field theory is the publication of Pawel Danielevic's PhD-Thesis:

    Danielewicz, P.: Quantum Theory of Nonequilibrium Processes. 1, Ann. Phys. 152, 239, 1984

    For the relativistic case and with extensions to off-shell transport, see the lecture notes by Wolfgang Cassing

    Cassing, W.: From Kadanoff-Baym dynamics to off-shell parton transport, Eur. Phys. J. ST 168, 3–87, 2009

    For a more general approach also for the relativistic case:

    S. R. de Groot, W. A. van Leeuwen, Ch. G. van Weert, Relativistic kinetic theory
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