Kinetic Theory: Classical, Quantum, and Relativistic Descriptions goes beyond the scope of other works in the field with its thorough treatment of applications in a wide variety of disciplines. Its clear exposition and emphasis on concrete examples will make it not only an excellent graduate text but also a valuable resource for researchers in such disciplines as aerospace, mechanical, and chemical engineering; astrophysics, solid state and laser physics and devices, plasma physics, and controlled and thermonuclear fusion. Among the topics covered are: - The Liouville equation and analyses of the Liouville equation, including two independent derivations - The Boltzmann equation and Boltzmann's H-theorem - Analysis of the linearized collision operator - Fluid dynamics and irreversibility - Assorted kinetic equations with applications to plasmas and neutral fluids - Elements of quantum kinetic theory, including the Green's-function formalism and the Wigner-Moyal equation - Relativistic kinetic theory and Lorentz invariants - Kinetic properties of metals and amorphous media - Monte-Carlo analysis in kinetic theory - Kinetic study of shock waves This third revised edition features a new section on constants of motion and symmetry and a new appendix on the Lorentz-Legendre expansion. Each chapter concludes with a variety of problems, many of which provide self-contained descriptions of related topics; lists of such "topical problems" are included in the Table of Contents. Numerous appendices supply vector formulas and tensor notation, properties of special functions, physical constants, references, and a historical time chart.
From the reviews of the third edition:
"This monograph is devoted to a standard approach of kinetic theory in classical and quantum systems. ... The book is divided in 7 chapters; each of them is ended by a set of interesting problems of different difficulties. The presentation is clear ... . The book includes also tables and figures that make more pleasant its reading. ... this book gives a standard presentation of kinetic theory; one of its qualities is to provide clear calculations and a good overview of classical methods." (Stephan Metens, Physicalia, Vol. 57 (3), 2005)
"Liboff's book on kinetic theory, now in its third edition, is a gulf apart from standard treatments one encounters in statistical and thermal physics texts. ... This text will be suitable for students and researchers ... . Students will welcome the good number of problems at the end of each chapter, some of which having detailed solutions." (J. Hartley, Contemporary Physics, Vol. 45 (5), 2005)
Series: Graduate Texts in Contemporary Physics
Number Of Pages: 572
Published: 2nd September 2003
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5
Weight (kg): 0.93
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised