Some Applications of Semigroups

  • A. Verbeure
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 144)


In physics quantum dynamical semigroups show up when we consider a system in interaction with its surroundings, also called reservoir. The Hamiltonian of the total system is then
$$ H = {H_S} + {H_R} + \lambda {H_{{SR}}} $$
where HS is the Hamiltonian of the system, HR of the reservoir; HSR represents the interaction of the system with reservoir. The Heisenberg evolution of an observables X is then
$$ \alpha_t^{\lambda }(X) = \exp (i t {H_{\lambda }}) X exp ( - i t {H_{\lambda }}) $$
The dynamical semigroup {Γτ}τ≥0 is obtained in the weak coupling limit [1,2] i.e. λ→0, τ→∞ such that λ2t = τ and
$$ {\Gamma_{\tau }} = \mathop{{\lim }}\limits_{{\mathop{{\lambda \to 0}}\limits_{{t \to \infty }} }} \quad \alpha_t^{\lambda } $$
The dynamical semigroups obtained in this way have different characteristics depending on the type of state of the reservoir. However from a mathematical point of view they are all of the same type. The set of maps {Γτ}τ≥0 is a one parameter semigroup of completely positive unity preserving maps of the algebra A of observables.


Detailed Balance Correlation Inequality Quantum Dynamical Semigroup Real Time Parameter Parameter Semigroup 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Verbeure
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  1. 1.Instituut voor Theoretische FysicaUniversiteit LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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