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Quantum Brownian Motion in a simple model system (second part)

Mathematical Physics & Probability

Speaker: Wojciech De Roeck, ETH-Zurich
Location: 2112 MSB
Start time: Wed, Mar 4 2009, 4:10PM

This work focuses on a long-standing problem in statistical mechanics: to prove that a quantum particle which is coupled to a thermal reservoir, exhibits diffusive motion. In collaboration with Juerg Frohlich and Alessandro Pizzo, we prove this conjecture in a slightly simplified model (we replace the thermal reservoir by a spatial array of thermal reservoirs). I will discuss the model, the idea of the proof and related results.