@inbook {2604,
title = {Relaxation Behavior for the Lorentz Fokker Planck Equation: Model Cross Sections and Nonextensive Entropy},
booktitle = {Rarefied Gas Dynamics},
series = {Aip Conference Proceedings},
volume = {1084},
year = {2009},
note = {ISI Document Delivery No.: BJF97Times Cited: 0Cited Reference Count: 19Shizgal, Bernie D.Proceedings Paper26th International Symposium on Rarefied Gas Dynmaics (RGD26)JUN 20-JUL 25, 2008Kyoto, JAPANJapan Soc Promot Sci, Japan Aerpspace Explorat Agcy, Soc Promot Space Sci, Iwantani Naoji Fdn, Inoue Fdn Sci, Casio Sci Promot Fdn, Kaijma Fdn, IHI Corp, IHI Aerospac Engn Co Ltd, Osaka Vaccuun Ltd, Nissin Inc2 HUNTINGTON QUADRANGLE, STE 1NO1, MELVILLE, NY 11747-4501 USA},
pages = {39-44},
publisher = {Amer Inst Physics},
organization = {Amer Inst Physics},
address = {Melville},
abstract = {The relaxation behavior of a test particle in a background gas at equilibrium for which the test particle background particle mass ratio, m(t)/m(b) tends to zero, that is the Lorentz limit, is studied with the Lorentz-Fokker-Planck equation. This is the situation for electrons in inert gases. If there is also an applied electric field the stationary distribution is not the equilibrium Maxwellian. In the present paper, the evolution of the isotropic distribution function is studied with both a finite difference solution and one based on the expansion of the distribution function in the eigenfunctions of the Fokker-Planck operator. The eigenvalue spectrum depends strongly on the velocity dependence of the momentum transfer cross section in the Fokker-Planck equation. In particular, the spectrum is composed of a discrete spectrum and a continuum, and the continuum can dominate the spectrum. The role of the eigenvalue spectrum of this operator on the time evolution of the distribution function is studied. In particular, the time dependence of the entropy is determined and we show that the Kullback-Leibler entropy rationalizes the approach to a stationary distribution. The Tsallis non-extensive entropy is not required to explain the evolution of the distributions.},
keywords = {Boltzmann equation, DEGRADATION, electron, Maxwell molecules, METHOD QDM, NONCLASSICAL BASIS FUNCTIONS, pseudospectral method, QUADRATURE DISCRETIZATION METHOD, quantum cross section, RARE-GAS MODERATORS, SUPRATHERMAL PARTICLE DISTRIBUTIONS, THERMALIZATION},
isbn = {0094-243X978-0-7354-0615-5},
url = {://000265564800005},
author = {Shizgal, B. D.},
editor = {Abe, T.}
}