Many-particle systems in one dimension in the harmonic approximation

J. R. Armstrong, N. T. Zinner, D. V. Fedorov, A. S. Jensen

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We consider the energetics and structural properties of a many-particle system in one dimension with pairwise contact interactions confined in a parabolic external potential. To render the problem analytically solvable, we use the harmonic approximation scheme at the level of the Hamiltonian. We investigate the scaling with particle number of the ground-state energies for systems consisting of identical bosons or fermions. We then proceed to focus on bosonic systems and make a detailed comparison with known exact results in the absence of the parabolic external trap for three-body systems. We also consider the thermodynamics of the harmonic model, which turns out to be similar for bosons and fermions due to the lack of degeneracy in one dimension.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number014061
JournalPhysica Scripta
Issue numberT151
StatePublished - Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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