Annales Henri Poincaré

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 145–187 | Cite as

Mean-Field Limit and Semiclassical Expansion of a Quantum Particle System

  • Federica PezzottiEmail author
  • Mario Pulvirenti


We consider a quantum system constituted by N identical particles interacting by means of a mean-field Hamiltonian. It is well known that, in the limit N → ∞, the one-particle state obeys to the Hartree equation. Moreover, propagation of chaos holds. In this paper, we take care of the \(\bar {h}\) dependence by considering the semiclassical expansion of the N-particle system. We prove that each term of the expansion agrees, in the limit N → ∞, with the corresponding one associated with the Hartree equation. We work in the classical phase space by using the Wigner formalism, which seems to be the most appropriate for the present problem.


Coherent State Wigner Function Liouville Equation Identical Particle Vlasov Equation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di Matematica Pura ed ApplicataUniversità dell’AquilaL’AquilaItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Matematica “G. Castelnuovo”Università di Roma “La Sapienza”RomeItaly

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