Equilibrium relativistic mass distribution

L. Burakovsky, L. P. Horwitz

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The relativistic Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution for a system of N events with motion in space-time parametrized by an invariant "historical time" τ is considered without the simplifying approximation m2 ≅ M2, where M is a given intrinsic property of the events. The relativistic mass distribution is obtained and the average values of m and m2 are calculated. The average value of the energy in nonrelativistic limit gives a correction of the order of 10% to the Dulong-Petit law. Expressions for the pressure and the density of events are obtained and the ideal gas law is recovered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)666-679
Number of pages14
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
Issue number4
StatePublished - 15 Dec 1993


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