00-392 Robert Seiringer
Bosons in a Trap: Asymptotic Exactness of the Gross-Pitaevskii Ground State Energy Formula (25K, AMS-LaTeX) Oct 3, 00
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Abstract. Recent experimental breakthroughs in the treatment of dilute Bose gases have renewed interest in their quantum mechanical description, respectively in approximations to it. The ground state properties of dilute Bose gases confined in external potentials and interacting via repulsive short range forces are usually described by means of the Gross-Pitaevskii energy functional. In joint work with Elliott H. Lieb and Jakob Yngvason its status as an approximation for the quantum mechanical many-body ground state problem has recently been rigorously clarified. We present a summary of this work, for both the two- and three-dimensional case.

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