Journal of Statistical Physics

, Volume 136, Issue 2, pp 297–330 | Cite as

The BGK Model with External Confining Potential: Existence, Long-Time Behaviour and Time-Periodic Maxwellian Equilibria

  • Roberta Bosi
  • Maria J. Cáceres


We study global existence and long time behaviour for the inhomogeneous nonlinear BGK model for the Boltzmann equation with an external confining potential. For an initial datum f 0≥0 with bounded mass, entropy and total energy we prove existence and strong convergence in L 1 to a Maxwellian equilibrium state, by compactness arguments and multipliers techniques. Of particular interest is the case with an isotropic harmonic potential, in which Boltzmann himself found infinitely many time-periodic Maxwellian steady states. This behaviour is shared with the Boltzmann equation and other kinetic models. For all these systems we study the multistability of the time-periodic Maxwellians and provide necessary conditions on f 0 to identify the equilibrium state, both in L 1 and in Lyapunov sense. Under further assumptions on f, these conditions become also sufficient for the identification of the equilibrium in L 1.


BGK model Boltzmann equation External force Long time behaviour Maxwellian steady states 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Departamento de Matemática AplicadaUniversidad de GranadaGranadaSpain

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