Journal of Statistical Physics

, Volume 94, Issue 3–4, pp 603–618 | Cite as

On the Rate of Entropy Production for the Boltzmann Equation

  • Alexander V. Bobylev
  • Carlo Cercignani


We show that there exists a wide class of distribution functions (with moments of any order as close to their equilibrium values as we like) which can provide an abnormally low rate of entropy production. The result is valid for the Boltzmann equation with any cross section σ(|V|, θ) satisfying a mild restriction. The functions are constructed in an explicit form and we discuss some applications of our results.

entropy production Boltzmann equation kinetic theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander V. Bobylev
    • 1
  • Carlo Cercignani
    • 2
  1. 1.Keldish Institute of Applied MathematicsMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Matematica, Politecnico di MilanoMilanItaly

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