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Title: Theory of superfluidity
Author: Angulo G., Rafael F.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3424 751X
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 1983
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A theory of superfluidity (S.F.) is developed from first principles using two novel concepts, (1) that of a 'superfluid Ensemble' (S.E.) i.e. a 'Restricted Ensemble' constructed from a 'Separable Phase Space' (S.P.S.) admitting independent configurations, at least one set of which are statistically equivalent. (2) The notion of 'Dynamical Equivalence' (D.E.), satisfied if and only if (i) all dynamical symmetries are rearranged (not broken) for two Lagrangian formulations of the same problem and if (ii) the expectation values of all the constants of motion are the same, even if their functional expressions are not. The dynamical variables (d.v.) of the S.P.S. are defined from the ('q' and 'c' number) fields of the most general 'Linear Coherent State Representation', more general than those of Glauber and Bogoljubov-Valatin combined. Three independent pairs of d.v. are obtained. D.E. is proven for the Ideal Bose Gas and for a non-linear, interacting zero order Bose problem (I.Z.O.P.). An exact relation is obtained from the action principle, ensuring the cancellation of 'low and high order dangerous diagrams'. From this it follows that D.E. for the exact interacting problem must be demonstrable at infinite order of perturbation, in the finite volume limit. The I.Z.O.P. is posed in the Random Phase Approximation (R.P.A.), free from 'anomalous averages' and solved for the three branches of the excitation spectrum in a pure state description; the lowest branch is gapless, whilst the upper two coincide and show a gap. The standard strategy of linearization is found to be faulty. The partition functions for both superfluid and non-superfluid ensembles are obtained for the I.Z.O.P. in the R.P.A. The coincident upper two branches (in a pure state description) split into a band in thermal equilibrium for the superfluid ensemble, in agreement with an upper band recently observed experimentally. O.D.L.R.O. is found in the second reduced density matrix, but ruled out in the first. Integral equations are obtained in thermal equilibrium - for the I.Z.O.P. in the R.P.A.; which differ, however, from those of existing approaches for the same problem. Most existing theories of S.F. are in fact shown not to predict superfluid behaviour. The present theory is applicable to arbitrary Bose or Fermi systems, whether superfluid or not. O.D.L.R.O. is found to be sufficient for SF. No a priori assumption is made as to the occurrence of Bose-Einstein condensation, its existence being here contingent on the solution of the integral equation; in any case, it is not to be associated with O.D.L.R.O. or S.F.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Tecnológicas (Venezuela)
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: QC Physics