On the time slicing approximation of Feynman path integrals for non-smooth potentials
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We consider the time slicing approximations of Feynman path integrals, constructed via piecewice classical paths. A detailed study of the convergence in the norm operator topology, in the space B(L2(ℝd)) of bounded operators on L2, and even in finer operator topologies, was carried on by D. Fujiwara in the case of smooth potentials with an at most quadratic growth. In the present paper we show that the result about the convergence in B(L2(ℝd)) remains valid if the potential is only assumed to have second space derivatives in the Sobolev space Hd+1(ℝd) (locally and uniformly), uniformly in time. The proof is non-perturbative in nature, but relies on a precise short time analysis of the Hamiltonian flow at this Sobolev regularity and on the continuity in L2 of certain oscillatory integral operators with non-smooth phase and amplitude.
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