Quebec Mathematical Sciences Colloquium

October 3, 2008 from 16:00 to 18:00 (Montreal/EST time) On location

Some Calculus of Variations Problems in Quantum Mechanics

Colloquium presented by 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.


UdeM, Pav. André-Aisenstadt, 2920, ch. de la Tour, room 6214