A nonperturbative method is developed for calculating the excitation of a many-body system by a time-dependent Hamiltonian. The stationary-phase approximation to a functional-integral representation of the interaction-picture many-body evolution operator results in a mean-field approximation to the S matrix which is asymptotically time independent. A one-body temporally nonlocal evolution equation defines the stationary mean-field configurations. The general method and character of the stationary solutions are illustrated by application to the forced harmonic oscillator and forced Lipkin model. Potential applications to realistic nuclear and atomic scattering situations are discussed. NUCLEAR REACTIONS Mean-field approximation, many-body S matrix, time-dependent Hartree Fock.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics