Kinetic Theory and Transport Phenomena by Rodrigo SotoKinetic Theory and Transport Phenomena by Rodrigo Soto

Kinetic Theory and Transport Phenomena

byRodrigo Soto

Paperback | June 12, 2016

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One of the questions about which humanity has often wondered is the arrow of time. Why does temporal evolution seem irreversible? That is, we often see objects break into pieces, but we never see them reconstitute spontaneously. This observation was first put into scientific terms by theso-called second law of thermodynamics: entropy never decreases. However, this law does not explain the origin of irreversibly; it only quantifies it. Kinetic theory gives a consistent explanation of irreversibility based on a statistical description of the motion of electrons, atoms, and molecules. The concepts of kinetic theory have been applied to innumerable situations including electronics, the production of particles in the early universe,the dynamics of astrophysical plasmas, quantum gases or the motion of small microorganisms in water, with excellent quantitative agreement. This book presents the fundamentals of kinetic theory, considering classical paradigmatic examples as well as modern applications. It covers the most importantsystems where kinetic theory is applied, explaining their major features. The text is balanced between exploring the fundamental concepts of kinetic theory (irreversibility, transport processes, separation of time scales, conservations, coarse graining, distribution functions, etc.) and the results and predictions of the theory, where the relevant properties of differentsystems are computed.
Rodrigo Soto gained his PhD in physics at the Universidad de Chile, finishing in 1998. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre Europeen de Calcul Atomique et Moleculaire in Lyon, France. Since 2015 he is Full Professor in the Physics Department at the Universidad de Chile. He has been Visiting Professor at the Universidad Complu...
Title:Kinetic Theory and Transport PhenomenaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.55 inPublished:June 12, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198716060

ISBN - 13:9780198716068

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Table of Contents

1. Basic concepts2. Distribution functions3. The Lorentz model for the classical transport of charges4. The Boltzmann equation for dilute gases5. Brownian motion6. Plasmas and gravitational systems7. Quantum gases8. Quantum electronic transport in solids9. Semiconductors and interband transitions10. Numerical and semianalytical methods