Accession Number : AD0258227

Title :   ON THE APPLICATION OF TWO-PARTICLE DISTRIBUTION FUNCTIONS

Corporate Author : MARYLAND UNIV COLLEGE PARK INST FOR FLUID DYNAMICS AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS

Personal Author(s) : BURGERS,J.M.

Report Date : APR 1961

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : This analysis was conducted to derive an expression for the electric conductivity of a fully ionized gas by making use of the two-particle distribution function. Limitation of time makes it necessary to restrict to the simplest case, where the gas is subjected to a uniform time-independent electric field and magnetic fields are absent. The application of the two-particle distribution function is prompted by the hope that it will give a good evaluation of the aggregate effect of weak interactions, which in the case of Coulomb forces are more important than the effects of single collisions. The basic equation is the Boltzmann equation in which the usual expression for the effect of binary collisions is replaced by an integral depending upon the two-particle distribution function. (Author)

Descriptors :   *ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY, *GAS IONIZATION, *QUANTUM THEORY, DIRECT CURRENT, ELECTRIC FIELDS, INTEGRAL EQUATIONS, NUMERICAL INTEGRATION, PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS, VELOCITY

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE