Adiabatic Perturbation Theory in Quantum Dynamics by Stefan Teufel

By Stefan Teufel

Separation of scales performs a primary position within the figuring out of the dynamical behaviour of advanced structures in physics and different normal sciences. A well-liked instance is the Born-Oppenheimer approximation in molecular dynamics. This publication specializes in a up to date method of adiabatic perturbation thought, which emphasizes the function of potent equations of movement and the separation of the adiabatic restrict from the semiclassical restrict. an in depth advent provides an summary of the topic and makes the later chapters obtainable additionally to readers much less conversant in the cloth. even supposing the overall mathematical thought in line with pseudodifferential calculus is gifted intimately, there's an emphasis on concrete and appropriate examples from physics. functions variety from molecular dynamics to the dynamics of electrons in a crystal and from the quantum mechanics of partly restrained structures to Dirac debris and nonrelativistic QED.

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Still the applications based on our results on effective Hamiltonians are multifaceted and we will discuss only a few. An important omission is the computation of so called g-factors. This is not only of central relevance for spinning particles coupled to the quantized radiation field, cf. [PST2 ], but also in solid state physics, where the details will be given in [PST3 ]. Also in scattering theory asymptotic expansions of the S-matrix can be based on effective Hamiltonians, cf. [NeSo]. Another interesting aspect of adiabatic theory are efficient algorithms for a numerical treatment of adiabatic problems.

2, adiabatic decoupling for the molecular Hamiltonian can only hold after imposing suitable energy cutoffs. 2 we briefly discuss how to modify the general theory such that also the Born-Oppenheimer approximation is covered and calculate the effective Hamiltonian including second order corrections. Our results generalize the expression for the effective Hamiltonian for the Born-Oppenheimer approximation found by Littlejohn and Weigert [LiWe1 ]. We also remark that the time-dependent Born-Oppenheimer approximation with exponentially small error estimates was discussed by Martinez and Sordoni in [MaSo].

The latter result appeared in [Te1 ]. Appendices Appendix A reviews some results from the theory of parameter dependent pseudodifferential operators with operator-valued symbols. Chapter 3 heavily relies on the notation and the calculus introduced here. In order to translate the scheme developed in Chapter 3 to the Schr¨ odinger equation with a short scale periodic potential, a Weyl calculus for certain τ equivariant symbols must be developed. This is the content of Appendix B. Of course we compare our method to related ones throughout this monograph whenever appropriate.

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