Communications in Mathematical Sciences

Volume 2 (2004)

Number 1

The non-relativistic limit of the Nordström-Vlasov System

Pages: 19 – 34

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4310/CMS.2004.v2.n1.a2

Authors

Simone Calogero

Hayoung Lee

Abstract

The Nordström-Vlasov system provides an interesting relativistic generalization of the Vlasov-Poisson system in the gravitational case, even though there is no direct physical application. The study of this model will probably lead to a better mathematical understanding of the class of non-linear systems consisting of hyperbolic and transport equations. In this paper it is shown that solutions of the Nordström-Vlasov system converge to solutions of the Vlasov-Poisson system in a pointwise sense as the speed of light tends to infinity, providing a further and rigorous justification of this model as a genuine relativistic generalization of the Vlasov-Poisson system.

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