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Solving the homogeneous Boltzmann equation with arbitrary scattering kernel


Hohenegger,  Andreas
Division Prof. Dr. Manfred Lindner, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Hohenegger, A. (2009). Solving the homogeneous Boltzmann equation with arbitrary scattering kernel. Physical Review D, 79(6): 063502, pp. 1-17. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.79.063502.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0011-763E-7
With applications in astroparticle physics in mind, we generalize a method for the solution of the nonlinear, space homogeneous Boltzmann equation with isotropic distribution function to arbitrary matrix elements. The method is based on the expansion of the matrix element in terms of two cosines of the "scattering angles". The scattering functions used by previous authors in particle physics for matrix elements in Fermi-approximation are retrieved as lowest order results in this expansion. The method is designed for the unified treatment of reactive mixtures of particles obeying different scattering laws, including the quantum statistical terms for blocking or stimulated emission, in possibly large networks of Boltzmann equations. Although our notation is the relativistic one, as it is used in astroparticle physics, the results can also be applied in the classical case.