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Derivation of the two-dimensional nonlinear Schrödinger equation from many body quantum dynamics

Volume 133, Number 1, February 2011
pp. 91-130 | 10.1353/ajm.2011.0004

Abstract

Abstract:

We derive rigorously, for both ${\Bbb R}^2$ and $[{-}L,L]^{\times 2}$, the cubic nonlinear Schr\"odinger equation in a suitable scaling limit from the two-dimensional many-body Bose systems with short-scale repulsive pair interactions. We first prove convergence of the solution of the BBGKY hierarchy, corresponding to the many-body systems, to a solution of the infinite Gross-Pitaevskii hierarchy, corresponding to the cubic NLS; and then we prove uniqueness for the infinite hierarchy, which requires number-theoretical techniques in the periodic case.

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