Diffusion-limit asymptotics of the transport equation, the P1/3 equations, and two flux-limited diffusion theories Academic Article uri icon


  • We compare the asymptotic accuracy of one variant of P1 theory and two variants of grey diffusion theory in the equilibrium diffusion limit. All of these variants were developed to yield the correct radiation propagation speed in the optically thin streaming limit while presumably retaining full accuracy in the equilibrium diffusion limit. Accuracy in the equilibrium diffusion limit has traditionally meant reproducing the exact transfer asymptotics to leading (zeroth) order. We show that the exact asymptotics must be reproduced to first order to yield full accuracy in the equilibrium diffusion limit. The P1 variant and one of the grey diffusion variants that we analyze yield first-order accuracy while the other grey diffusion variant yields only zeroth-order accuracy.

author list (cited authors)

  • Morel, J. E.

citation count

  • 44

complete list of authors

  • Morel, JE

publication date

  • June 2000