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Modeling and Computational Methods for Kinetic Equations [Hardcover]

Birkhauser , Pierre Degond , Lorenzo Pareschi , Giovanni Russo

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May 11, 2004 0817632549 978-0817632540 2004

In recent years kinetic theory has developed in many areas of the physical sciences and engineering, and has extended the borders of its traditional fields of application. This monograph is a self-contained presentation of such recently developed aspects of kinetic theory, as well as a comprehensive account of the fundamentals of the theory. Emphasizing modeling techniques and numerical methods, the book provides a unified treatment of kinetic equations not found in more focused works. Specific applications presented include plasma kinetic models, traffic flow models, granular media models, and coagulation-fragmentation problems. The work may be used for self-study, as a reference text, or in graduate-level courses in kinetic theory and its applications.


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"Kinetic models can be used to describe the behaviour of gases and fluids in applications … . The structure is different from a classical book, as it is actually a collection of scientific papers. … it is recommended primarily for mathematicians with a high interest in physics, or for theoretical physicists, both of which at least at graduate level, but for those who understand the presented ideas, it might be a highly valuable tool or an inspiration for further research." (Simon Seichter, Simulation News Europe, Vol. 16 (1), 2006)

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In recent years kinetic theory has developed in many areas of the physical sciences and engineering, and has extended the borders of its traditional fields of application. New applications in traffic flow engineering, granular media modeling, and polymer and phase transition physics have resulted in new numerical algorithms which depart from traditional stochastic Monte--Carlo methods.

This monograph is a self-contained presentation of such recently developed aspects of kinetic theory, as well as a comprehensive account of the fundamentals of the theory. Emphasizing modeling techniques and numerical methods, the book provides a unified treatment of kinetic equations not found in more focused theoretical or applied works.

The book is divided into two parts. Part I is devoted to the most fundamental kinetic model: the Boltzmann equation of rarefied gas dynamics. Additionally, widely used numerical methods for the discretization of the Boltzmann equation are reviewed: the Monte--Carlo method, spectral methods, and finite-difference methods. Part II considers specific applications: plasma kinetic modeling using the Landau--Fokker--Planck equations, traffic flow modeling, granular media modeling, quantum kinetic modeling, and coagulation-fragmentation problems.

Modeling and Computational Methods of Kinetic Equations will be accessible to readers working in different communities where kinetic theory is important: graduate students, researchers and practitioners in mathematical physics, applied mathematics, and various branches of engineering. The work may be used for self-study, as a reference text, or in graduate-level courses in kinetic theory and its applications.


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Lorenzo Pareschi is full professor of numerical analysis at the University of Ferrara. He holds a PhD in mathematics from Bologna University (1996) and is a leading expert in computational methods and modelling for nonlinear partial differential equations. His research interests include kinetic equations, hyperbolic conservation laws and relaxation systems, stiff systems and Monte Carlo methods. He has co-written three books and more than one hundred peer-reviewed articles. He serves as an associate editor for the SIAM Journal of Scientific Computing (SISC), Multiscale Modelling and Simulation (MMS), Kinetic and Related Models (KRM) and Communications in Mathematical Sciences (CMS). He held visiting professor positions at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (USA), the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, (USA), the University of Orleans (France) and the University of Toulouse (France). He is the chairman of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Ferrara.

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