W.A. van Leeuwen
- General relativistic Boltzmann equation, II: Manifestly covariant treatment
- Physica A : Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
- Volume | Issue number
- 388 | 9
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Institute for Theoretical Physics Amsterdam (ITFA)
In a preceding article we presented a general relativistic treatment of the derivation of the Boltzmann equation. The four-momenta occurring in this formalism were all on-shell four-momenta, verifying the mass-shell restriction p(2) = m(2)c(2). Due to this restriction, the resulting Boltzmann equation, although covariant, turned out to be not manifestly covariant. In the present article we switch from mass-shell momenta to off-shell momenta, and thereby arrive at a Boltzmann equation that is manifestly covariant.
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