Colloque des sciences mathématiques du Québec

3 octobre 2008 de 16 h 00 à 18 h 00 (heure de Montréal/HNE) Sur place

Some Calculus of Variations Problems in Quantum Mechanics

Colloque par Elliott Lieb (Princeton University)

Three examples are given, in order of historical development, of minimization problems in quantum mechanics arising from attempts to model the N--body Schroedinger equation by simpler energy functionals involving only densities. These simpler models are Thomas-Fermi theory, Hartree-Fock theory and the Mueller density matrix functional theory. This talk is for non-specialists: no knowledge of quantum mechanics is needed.


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