Semiclassical initial-value representation of the transfer operator

Haim Barak, Kenneth G. Kay

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The ability of semiclassical initial-value representation (IVR) methods to determine approximate energy levels for bound systems is limited due to problems associated with long classical trajectories. These difficulties become especially severe for large or classically chaotic systems. This work attempts to overcome such problems by developing an IVR expression that is classically equivalent to Bogomolny's formula for the transfer matrix [E. B. Bogomolny, Nonlinearity 5, 805 (1992)0951-7715NONLE510.1088/0951-7715/5/4/001; Chaos 2, 5 (1992)1054-1500CHAOEH10.1063/1.165898] and can be used to determine semiclassical energy levels. The method is adapted to levels associated with states of desired symmetries and applied to two two-dimensional quartic oscillator systems, one integrable and one mostly chaotic. For both cases, the technique is found to resolve all energy levels in the ranges investigated. The IVR method does not require a search for special trajectories obeying boundary conditions on the Poincaré surface of section and leads to more rapid convergence of Monte Carlo phase space integrations than a previously developed IVR technique. It is found that semiclassical energies can be extracted from the eigenvalues of transfer matrices of dimension close to the theoretical minimum determined by Bogomolny's theory. The results support the assertion that the present IVR theory provides a different semiclassical approximation to the transfer matrix than that of Bogomolny for 0. For the chaotic system investigated the IVR energies are found to be generally more accurate than those predicted by Bogomolny's theory.

Original languageEnglish
Article number062926
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number6
StatePublished - 27 Dec 2013


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