Il Nuovo Cimento (1955-1965)

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 287–299 | Cite as

The mathematical structure of the bardeen-cooper-schrieffer model



The BCS-model for an infinitely extended superconductor is analysed mathematically. The reason why the model is solvable becomes evident in the present formulation. It is shown that the ground states with unsharp particle number belong to irreducible representations, those with sharp particle number to reducible representations of the basic operator algebra. The connection between uniqueness of the ground state, irreducibility and linked cluster decomposition is reviewed.


Si analizza matematicamente il modello di Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer per un superconduttore infinitamente esteso. Il motivo per cui il modello è risolvibile diviene evidente nella presente formulazione. Si dimostra che gli stati fondamentali con un numero di particelle non ben definito appartengono a rappresentazioni irriducibili, quelli con un ben definito numero di particelle a rappresentazioni riducibili dell’algebra degli operatori fondamentali. Si riesamina la connessione fra l’unicità dello stato fondamentale, l’irriducibilità e la decomposizione deì cluster legati.


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© Società Italiana di Fisica 1962

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Haag
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of IllinoisUrbana

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