Rescaled Objective Solutions of Fokker-Planck and Boltzmann equations

Karsten Matthies, Florian Theil

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We study the long-time behavior of symmetric solutions of the nonlinear Boltzmann equation and a closely related nonlinear Fokker-Planck equation. If the symmetry of the solutions corresponds to shear flows, the existence of stationary solutions can be ruled out because the energy is not conserved. After anisotropic rescaling both equations conserve the energy. We show that the rescaled Boltzmann equation does not admit stationary densities of Maxwellian type (exponentially decaying). For the rescaled Fokker-Planck equation we demonstrate that all solutions converge to a Maxwellian in the long-time limit, however the convergence rate is only algebraic, not exponential.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1321–1348
Number of pages28
JournalSIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis (SIMA)
Issue number2
Early online date18 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2019

Bibliographical note

25 pages


  • Boltzmann equation
  • Fokker-Planck
  • Hypocoercivity
  • Objective solution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analysis
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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