Elementary solutions for a model Boltzmann equation in one dimension and the connection to grossly determined solutions

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Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, ISSN: 0167-2789, Vol: 347, Page: 1-11

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Thomas E. Carty
Elsevier BV
Physics and Astronomy; Mathematics - Analysis of PDEs; Mathematical Physics; 35Q35, 76P99, 46F12
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The Fourier-transformed version of the time dependent slip-flow model Boltzmann equation associated with the linearized BGK model is solved in order to determine the solution’s asymptotics. The ultimate goal of this paper is to demonstrate that there exists a robust set of solutions to this model Boltzmann equation that possess a special property that was conjectured by Truesdell and Muncaster: that solutions decay to a subclass of the solution set uniquely determined by the initial mass density of the gas called the grossly determined solutions. First we determine the spectrum and eigendistributions of the associated homogeneous equation. Then, using Case’s method of elementary solutions, we find analytic time-dependent solutions to the model Boltzmann equation for initial data with a specialized compact support condition under the Fourier transform. In doing so, we show that the spectrum separates the solutions into two distinct parts: one that behaves as a set of transient solutions and the other limiting to a stable subclass of solutions. Thus, we demonstrate that for gas flows with this specialized initial density condition, in time all gas flows for the one dimensional model Boltzmann equation act as grossly determined solutions.