On the Stability Behaviour of Boltzmann's Equation



The Boltzmann equation for an “isolated” gas system is assumed to form a “dynamical system” in a compact subset of the space of continuous distribution functions (existence assumption). Then the asymptotic stability in the sense of Lyapunov of the total Maxwell distribution is investigated (“approach to equilibrium”). Further the influence of persistent perturbations on the stability behaviour of Boltzmann's equation is considered (“structural stability”).