Breakdown of separability due to confinement

Antonino Messina, Markovich, Vladimir I. Man'Ko

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A simple system of two particles in a bidimensional configurational space S is studied. The possibility of breaking in S the time-independent Schrodinger equation of the system into two separated one-dimensional one-body Schrodinger equations is assumed. In this paper, we focus on how the latter property is countered by imposing such boundary conditions as confinement to a limited region of S and/or restrictions on the joint coordinate probability density stemming from the sign-invariance condition of the relative coordinate (an impenetrability condition). Our investigation demonstrates the reducibility of the problem under scrutiny into that of a single particle living in a limited domain of its bidimensional configurational space. These general ideas are illustrated introducing the coordinates Xcand x of the center of mass of two particles and of the associated relative motion, respectively. The effects of the confinement and the impenetrability are then analyzed by studying with the help of an appropriate Green's function and the time evolution of the covariance of Xcand x. Moreover, to calculate the state of a single particle constrained within a square, a rhombus, a triangle and a rectangle, the Green's function expression in terms of Jacobi θ3-function is applied. All the results are illustrated by examples.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-294
Number of pages18
JournalReports on Mathematical Physics
Publication statusPublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics

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