A Semiclassical Theory of Nuclear Excitation Based on The Vlasov Equation
The Vlasov equation is an equation for the single-particle probability density f(r,p,t). Formally it resembles the Boltzmann equation without collision term1 The physical hypothesis underlying Vlasov’s approximation is that, on the average, the effect of collisions between particles can be simulated by a mean field in which each particle is allowed to move independently. This mean field is related in a self-consistent way to the particle density.
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