Modeling anisotropic Maxwell-Jüttner distributions: Derivation and properties

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In this paper we develop a model for the anisotropic Maxwell-Jüttner distribution and examine its properties. First, we provide the characteristic conditions that the modeling of consistent and well-defined anisotropic Maxwell-Jüttner distributions needs to fulfill. Then, we examine several models, showing their possible advantages and/or failures in accordance to these conditions. We derive a consistent model, and examine its properties and its connection with thermodynamics. We show that the temperature equals the average of the directional temperature-like components, as it holds for the classical, anisotropic Maxwell distribution. We also derive the internal energy and Boltzmann-Gibbs entropy, where we show that both are maximized for zero anisotropy, that is, the isotropic Maxwell-Jüttner distribution.

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Livadiotis, G. (2016). Modeling anisotropic Maxwell-Jüttner distributions: Derivation and properties. Annales Geophysicae, 34(12), 1145–1158. https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-34-1145-2016

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