Quantum field theory of classically unstable Hamiltonian dynamics

Y. Strauss, L. P. Horwitz, J. Levitan, A. Yahalom

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We study a class of dynamical systems for which the motions can be described in terms of geodesics on a manifold (ordinary potential models can be cast into this form by means of a conformal map). It is rigorously proven that the geodesic deviation equation of Jacobi, constructed with a second covariant derivative, is unitarily equivalent to that of a parametric harmonic oscillator, and we study the second quantization of this oscillator. The excitations of the Fock space modes correspond to the emission and absorption of quanta into the dynamical medium, thus associating unstable behavior of the dynamical system with calculable fluctuations in an ensemble with possible thermodynamic consequences.

Original languageEnglish
Article number072701
JournalJournal of Mathematical Physics
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2015


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