A New Approach to Excited States in 4He: Rotons and Vortices

  • S. A. Vitiello
  • M. H. Kalos
  • L. Reatto


The shadow wave function has been extensively used to describe quantum solids and liquids.1,2 The good results so far obtained for the ground state properties of a system of 4He atoms have encouraged us to apply this same formalism in more complex situations. In this paper we investigate the elementary excitation spectrum of liquid 4He and nonuniform states of this system with a vortex line.


Wave Function Velocity Field Auxiliary Variable Vortex Line Pair Distribution Function 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. A. Vitiello
    • 1
  • M. H. Kalos
    • 2
  • L. Reatto
    • 3
  1. 1.Courant Institute of Mathematical SciencesNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics and Theory CenterCornell UniversityNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Dipartimento di FisicaUniversità Degli Studi di MilanoMilanoItaly

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