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The Evolution of a Tagged Particle in the Boltzmann--Grad Limit

Mathematical Physics & Probability

Speaker: F. Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley
Location: 3106 MSB
Start time: Tue, Feb 17 2009, 4:10PM

Consider a system of hard spheres in thermal equilibrium. Using Lanford's method, van Beijeren, Lanford, Lebowitz, and Spohn, showed that in the low-density limit (Boltzmann-Grad limit) the total time correlation function is governed by the linearized Boltzmann equation. This was proved to be valid for short times only. They also showed that the self time correlation function, equivalently the distribution of a tagged particle in an equilibrium fluid, is governed by the Rayleigh-Boltzmann equation. In this talk, I give a new proof of the latter result which uses velocity averaging techniques and does not rely on BBGKY hierarchy equations. The hope is that the method may apply to the total time correlation function. This would resolve a long-standing open problem in this context.