Higher order mixed-moment approximations for the Fokker-Planck equation in one space dimension
We study mixed-moment models (full zeroth moment, half higher moments) for a Fokker-Planck equation in one space dimension. Mixed-moment minimum-entropy models are known to overcome the zero net-flux problem of full-moment minimum-entropy Mn models. A realizability theory for these mixed moments of arbitrary order is derived, as well as a new closure, which we refer to as Kershaw closure. They provide nonnegative distribution functions combined with an analytical closure. Numerical tests are performed with standard first-order finite volume schemes and compared with a finite difference Fokker-Planck scheme.