FM 14-12 (arXiv:1205.2789)

Authors: S. Simonella

Title: Evolution of Correlation Functions in the Hard Sphere Dynamics

Abstract: The series expansion for the evolution of the correlation functions of a finite system of hard spheres is derived from direct integration of the solution of the Liouville equation, with minimal regularity assumptions on the density of the initial measure. The usual BBGKY hierarchy of equations is then recovered. A graphical language based on the notion of collision history originally introduced by Spohn is developed, as a useful tool for the description of the expansion and of the elimination of degrees of freedom.