Effective equations of motion for quantum systems

Martin Bojowald, Aureliano Skirzewski

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In many situations, one can approximate the behavior of a quantum system, i.e. a wave function subject to a partial differential equation, by effective classical equations which are ordinary differential equations. A general method and geometrical picture are developed and shown to agree with effective action results, commonly derived through path integration, for perturbations around a harmonic oscillator ground state. The same methods are used to describe dynamical coherent states, which in turn provide means to compute quantum corrections to the symplectic structure of an effective system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)713-745
Number of pages33
JournalReviews in Mathematical Physics
Issue number7
StatePublished - Aug 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics


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