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Quantum Mechanics and Semiclassics of Hyperbolic n-Disk Scattering Systems

Wirzba, Andreas (2008):
Quantum Mechanics and Semiclassics of Hyperbolic n-Disk Scattering Systems.
Darmstadt, Technische Universität, [Habilitation]

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Item Type: Habilitation
Title: Quantum Mechanics and Semiclassics of Hyperbolic n-Disk Scattering Systems
Language: English

The scattering problems of a scalar point particle from a finite assembly of n>1 non-overlapping and disconnected hard disks, fixed in the two-dimensional plane, belong to the simplest realizations of classically hyperbolic scattering systems. Here, we investigate the connection between the spectral properties of the quantum-mechanical scattering matrix and its semiclassical equivalent based on the semiclassical zeta-function of Gutzwiller and Voros. Our quantum-mechanical calculation is well-defined at every step, as the on-shell T-matrix and the multiscattering kernel M-1 are shown to be trace-class. The multiscattering determinant can be organized in terms of the cumulant expansion which is the defining prescription for the determinant over an infinite, but trace-class matrix. The quantum cumulants are then expanded by traces which, in turn, split into quantum itineraries or cycles. These can be organized by a simple symbolic dynamics. The semiclassical reduction of the coherent multiscattering part takes place on the level of the quantum cycles. We show that the semiclassical analog of the m-th quantum cumulant is the m-th curvature term of the semiclassical zeta function. In this way quantum mechanics naturally imposes the curvature regularization structured by the topological (not the geometrical) length of the pertinent periodic orbits onto the semiclassical zeta function. However, since the cumulant limit m->infinity and the semiclassical limit hbar->0 do not commute in general, the semiclassical analog of the quantum multiscattering determinant is a curvature expanded, truncated semiclassical zeta function. We relate the order of this truncation to the topological entropy of the corresponding classical system.

Place of Publication: Darmstadt
Uncontrolled Keywords: quant-ph
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Classification DDC: 500 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik > 530 Physik
Divisions: 05 Department of Physics
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2008 09:23
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2012 11:54
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-11301
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PACS96:03.65.Sq Semiclassical theories and applications PACS96:03.20.+i Classical mechanics of discrete systems: general mathematical aspects PACS96:05.45.+b Theory and models of chaotic systems

URI: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/id/eprint/1130
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