A Correlation Estimate for Quantum Many-Body Systems at Positive Temperature

  • Robert Seiringer (Princeton University)
G3 10 (Lecture hall)


We present an inequality that gives a lower bound on the expectation value of certain two-body interaction potentials in a general state on Fock space in terms of the corresponding expectation value for thermal equilibrium states of non-interacting systems and the difference in the free energy. This bound can be viewed as a rigorous version of first order perturbation theory for quantum many-body systems at positive temperature. As an application, we give a proof of the first two terms in a high density (and high temperature) expansion of the free energy of jellium with Coulomb interactions, both in the fermionic and bosonic case. For bosons, our method works above the transition temperature (for the non-interacting gas) for Bose-Einstein condensation.

REF: Reviews in Mathematical Physics, Vol. 18, No. 3 (April 2006)

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Seminar Statistical Mechanics

Universität Leipzig Raum 01/22

Katharina Matschke

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