Event № 522
The validity, and invalidity, of the Entropy Method in Kac's many-particle model is a prominent problem in the field of Kinetic Theory. At its heart, it is an attempt to find a functional inequality, which is independent of the number of particles in the model, that will demonstrate an exponential rate of convergence to equilibrium. Surprisingly enough, a resolution of this method is still unavailable, and while the master equation for the process is simple, its reliance on the number of particles and the geometry of the appropriate sphere is remarkably strong. It seems that any significant advance in this problem always involves an interdisciplinary approach. In this talk I will present recent work with Eric Carlen and Maria Carvalho, where we have introduced new functional properties, and a notion of chaoticity, with which we have managed to considerably improve what is known about the entropy-entropy production ratio on Kac's sphere. Moreover, with that in hand, I will show how Kac's original hope to deduce a rate of decay for his model's limit equation from the many-particle model itself, is achieved.