Quantum chaos in a three-body system
Schlachter, Alfred S. Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley Hills, California.
- Three-body systems
- Helium energy levels
- Excitation of doubly excited states
- Evidence for chaotic behavior
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
The behavior of a quantum system whose classical motion could involve chaotic behavior is called quantum chaos. Chaos can arise in a classical system—a system of objects which are large compared to atomic scale—when the equations governing its behavior are nonlinear. Chaos in this classical sense generally cannot be found in a system fully described by quantum mechanics, since the Schrödinger equation, which describes quantum systems, is linear. The correspondence principle requires that a result obtained from quantum mechanics approach the classical result in the classical limit, that is, the limit of large size. The primary issues in quantum chaos in a three-body system are what are the signs of chaos, and how large the quantum system has to be to display chaotic behavior.
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