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L. Martinetz, K. Hornberger, and B. A. Stickler
Gas-induced friction and diffusion of rigid rotors
Phys. Rev. E 97, 052112 (2018)


We derive the Boltzmann equation for the rotranslational dynamics of an arbitrary convex rigid body in a rarefied gas. It yields as a limiting case the Fokker-Planck equation accounting for friction, diffusion, and nonconservative drift forces and torques. We provide the rotranslational friction and diffusion tensors for specular and diffuse reflection off particles with spherical, cylindrical, and cuboidal shape, and show that the theory describes thermalization, photophoresis, and the inverse Magnus effect in the free molecular regime.

(12 pages, 2 figures)   [pdf, journal, arXiv:1802.08302 ]

doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.97.052112            (c) The American Physical Society