An intepretation of time-dependent Hartree-Fock theory

  title={An intepretation of time-dependent Hartree-Fock theory},
  author={David J. Rowe},
Abstract The eigenvalue equation of the random phase approximation (RPA) has been applied successfully to nuclear vibrations, but it is difficult to justify the approximation in physical terms. Some authors derive the equations from time-dependent Hartree-Fock (TDHF) theory, on the grounds that it is more physical. In this paper we point out that this claim is dubious. The meaning of TDHF theory, especially of the wave function, is not nearly as apparent as might appear at first sight. We study… CONTINUE READING