Wigner distribution function approach to the calculation of quantum effects in condensed matter physics

  • R. F. O'Connell
C. Wigner Distributions
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 278)


In condensed matter physics, the most common technique used in the calculation of quantum effects is that involving Green's functions, supplemented to a lesser extent by path-integral methods. Here we point out the potential value of the Wigner distribution function approach and we amplify our remarks by considering specific examples. In particular, we discuss our recent work on the extension of the range of applicability of phase-space techniques for the study of quantum systems; this is achieved by developing an expansion for phase-space functions in powers of the interaction potential.


Correlation Function Quantum Effect Generalize Langevin Equation Quantum Distribution Function Harmonic Oscillator Problem 


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  • R. F. O'Connell
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  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyLouisiana State UniversityBaton Rouge

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