Wave Propagation in an Ideal Gas: First and Second Sound

Vincenzo Molinari, Domiziano Mostacci, Barry D Ganapol

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ABSTRACT: Propagation of sound waves through an ideal gas is studied in the framework of kinetic theory, starting from the integral representation of the Boltzmann Equation (BE). The distribution function is calculated and used to obtain the dispersion relation of density waves. The parallel existence of temperature waves (in some contexts referred to as second sound) is also part of this investigation. Temperature waves are found to exist; the phase difference between density and temperature waves is determined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)268-274
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Computational and Theoretical Transport
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 6 2016


  • Integral form of the Boltzmann equation
  • density waves
  • second sound
  • temperature waves

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Transportation
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Applied Mathematics


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