Journal of Statistical Physics

, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 71–80 | Cite as

The entropy of the BKW solution

  • Christian J. Tourenne


The entropy of thed-dimensional generalization of the BKW solution of the homogeneous Boltzmann equation is calculated and expressed ford = 3 in terms of error functions. It is verified that the McKean conjecture cannot hold in most of the time domain where thed-dimensional BKW solution is defined.

Key words

Boltzmann entropy BKW solution hypergeometric function McKean conjecture 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian J. Tourenne
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  1. 1.Physics DepartmentMaharishi International UniversityFairfield

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