Towards a rigorous justification of kinetic theory: The gainless heterogeneous Boltzmann equation

Stochastic Analysis Seminar Series

We study the asymptotic behaviour of deterministic dynamics of many interacting particles with random initial data in the limit where the number of particles tends to infinity. A famous example is hard sphere flow, we restrict our attention to the simpler case where particles are removed after the first collision. A fixed number of particles is drawn randomly according to an initial density $f_0(u,v)$ depending on $d$-dimensional position $u$ and velocity $v$. In the Boltzmann Grad scaling, we derive the validity of a Boltzmann equation without gain term for arbitrary long times, when we assume finiteness of moments up to order two and initial data that are $L^\infty$ in space. We characterize the many particle flow by collision trees which encode possible collisions. The convergence of the many-particle dynamics to the Boltzmann dynamics is achieved via the convergence of associated probability measures on collision trees. These probability measures satisfy nonlinear Kolmogorov equations, which are shown to be well-posed  by semigroup methods.


Florian Thiel (Warwick)


Monday, November 12, 2012 - 14:15
to 15:15