01-433 Laszlo Erdos, Horng-Tzer Yau
Derivation of the nonlinear Schr\"odinger equation with a Coulomb potential (80K, LaTeX) Nov 21, 01
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Abstract. We consider the time evolution of $N$ bosonic particles interacting via a mean field Coulomb potential. Suppose the initial state is a product wavefunction. We show that at any finite time the correlation functions factorize in the limit $N \to \infty$. Furthermore, the limiting one particle density matrix satisfies the nonlinear Hartree equation. The key ingredients are the uniqueness of the BBGKY hierarchy for the correlation functions and a new apriori estimate for the many-body Schr\"odinger equations.

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