### Susan Stepney. Two-body relaxation in relativistic thermal plasmas.

#### Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 202:467-481, 1983.

Summary:

An exact expression for the average energy exchange in a relativistic two-body collision between isotropic particle distributions is calculated. This is used to find the relaxation time-scale for particles with a Maxwellian distribution function. These time-scales are compared with important energy loss time-scales at temperatures $kT/m_e c^2 \gtrsim 1$.

@journal(SS-MNRAS-202,
author = "Susan Stepney",
title = "Two-body relaxation in relativistic thermal plasmas",
journal = "Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society",
volume = 202,
pages = "467--481",
year = 1983
)