Colloquium: Random matrices and chaos in nuclear spectra

@article{Papenbrock2007ColloquiumRM,
  title={Colloquium: Random matrices and chaos in nuclear spectra},
  author={T. Papenbrock and H. Weidenmueller},
  journal={Reviews of Modern Physics},
  year={2007},
  volume={79},
  pages={997-1013}
}
  • T. Papenbrock, H. Weidenmueller
  • Published 2007
  • Physics
  • Reviews of Modern Physics
  • Chaos occurs in quantum systems if the statistical properties of the eigenvalue spectrum coincide with predictions of random-matrix theory. Chaos is a typical feature of atomic nuclei and other self-bound Fermi systems. How can the existence of chaos be reconciled with the known dynamical features of spherical nuclei? Such nuclei are described by the shell model (a mean-field theory) plus a residual interaction. The question is answered using a statistical approach (the two-body random ensemble… CONTINUE READING
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