PhD Candidate: Cindy M Blois
Mathematics, UBC

Mon 29 Jun 2015, 12:30pm
SPECIAL
One Time Event
Room 203, Graduate Student Centre, 6371 Crescent Rd., UBC

Doctoral Exam: Functional Integral Representations for Quantum ManyParticle Systems

Room 203, Graduate Student Centre, 6371 Crescent Rd., UBC
Mon 29 Jun 2015, 12:30pm2:30pm
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ABSTRACT: Formal functional integrals are commonly used as theoretical tools and as sources of intuition for predicting phase transitions of manyparticle systems in Condensed Matter Physics. In this thesis, we derive rigorous versions of these functional integrals for two types of quantum manyparticle systems.
We start with a brief review of quantum statistical mechanics and the formalism of coherent states, which form the basis for our analysis. For a mixed gas of bosons and/or fermions interacting on a finite lattice with a general Hamiltonian that preserves the total number of particles in each species, we rigorously derive a functional integral representation for the partition function, using a largefield cutoff for the boson fields. We then expand the resulting “action” in powers of the fields and find a recursion relation for the coefficients. In the case of a 2body interaction (such as the Coulomb interaction), we also find bounds on the coefficients, which give a domain of analyticity for the action. This domain is large enough for use of the action in the functional integral, provided that the largefield cutoffs are taken to grow not too quickly. Next, we study a system of electrons and phonons interacting in a finite lattice, using the Holstein Hamiltonian. We again rigorously derive a coherentstate functional integral representation for the partition function of this system and then prove that the action in the functional integral is an entireanalytic function of the fields. However, since the Holstein Hamiltonian does not preserve the total number of bosons, our approach for the previous system requires some modification. In particular, we repeatedly use Duhamel expansions in powers of the interaction, rather than sums over particle numbers.
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