Diffusion for weakly coupled quantum oscillators

  title={Diffusion for weakly coupled quantum oscillators},
  author={E. B. Davies},
  journal={Communications in Mathematical Physics},
  • E. Davies
  • Published 1972
  • Physics, Mathematics
  • Communications in Mathematical Physics
We construct a simple model which exhibits some of the properties discussed by van Hove in his study of the Pauli master equation. The model consists of an infinite chain of quantum oscillators which are coupled so that the interaction Hamiltonian is quadratic. We suppose the chain is in equilibrium at an inverse temperature β and study the return to equilibrium when a chosen oscillator is given an arbitrary perturbation. We show that in the limit as the interaction becomes weaker and of longer… 
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