Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Physics

, Volume 127, Issue 5, pp 889–902 | Cite as

On the Equilibrium State of a Gravitating Bose–Einstein Condensate

  • B. E. MeierovichEmail author


The properties of a scalar field in equilibrium with its own gravitational field are discussed. The scalar field serves as the wavefunction of a Bose–Einstein condensate in equilibrium at a temperature close to absolute zero. The wavefunction of a laboratory Bose–Einstein condensate satisfies the Gross–Pitaevskii equation. The superheavy objects (most likely black holes) at the centers of galaxies are the subject of applying the theory of gravitating fermion and boson clusters. In contrast to a laboratory experiment, the energy spectrum of gravitating bosons is a functional of the wavefunction for the entire condensate. The very presence of a level depends on its population. In particular, at zero temperature for each level, there is a critical total mass Mcr above which an equilibrium configuration (and, hence, this level) does not exist. The critical mass Mcr increases proportionally to the level number. At M > Mcr, the next level acts as the ground state. The concept of the ground state of a boson system is modified. The radius of the sphere occupied by the condensate also increases proportionally to the level number and, therefore, the density does not grow with increasing condensate mass; as long as the spacing between nearby energy levels is great compared to the temperature, no constraints on the total mass arise. One bunch of bosons at a high quantum level with a large mass is energetically less favorable than several isolated centers, with a condensate at the zeroth quantum level being in each of them.



I thank A.F. Andreev for his critical remarks at the seminar of the Institute for Physical Problems and V.I. Marchenko for his interest in this work and a useful exchange of views. This is a great honor to print a paper in the JETP issue devoted to the 85th anniversary of L.P. Pitaevskii. Since the early 1960s until now for me Lev Petrovich has been a teacher, a supervisor, a tutor, and a worthy example of devotion to science. Happy Birthday You, Lev Petrovich! I wish health to you and the continuation of active scientific work.


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  1. 1.Kapitza Institute for Physical Problems, Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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