Entropy Dissipation and Long-Range Interactions
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We study Boltzmann's collision operator for long-range interactions, i.e., without Grad's angular cut-off assumption. We establish a functional inequality showing that the entropy dissipation controls smoothness of the distribution function, in a precise sense. Our estimate is optimal, and gives a unified treatment of both the linear and the nonlinear cases. We also give simple and self-contained proofs of several useful results that were scattered in previous works. As an application, we obtain several helpful estimates for the Cauchy problem, and for the Landau approximation in plasma physics.
KeywordsEntropy Distribution Function Cauchy Problem Plasma Physic Unify Treatment
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