Hot atom populations in the terrestrial atmosphere. A comparison of the nonlinear and linearized Boltzmann equations
- Conference date: 9–13 July 2012
- Location: Zaragoza, Spain
We use a finite difference discretization method to solve the space homogeneous, isotropic nonlinear Boltzmann equation. We study the time evolution of the distribution function in relation to the solution of the linearized Boltzmann equation for three different initial conditions. The relaxation process is described in terms of the Laguerre moments and the spectral properties of the linearized collision operator. The motivation is the need to include self-collisions in the study of suprathermal oxygen atoms in the terrestrial exosphere.
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