Quantum chaos in a schematic shell model

D. C. Meredith, S. E. Koonin, M. R. Zirnbauer

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To test the connection between chaotic classical motion and quantum spectral and overlap statistics, we examine a schematic three-orbital shell model. This system is novel in that the quantum phase space is compact and the momentum dependence of the classical Hamiltonian is nonstandard. We find good agreement with the expected behavior of the spectral statistics and reasonable agreement for the overlap distributions. Also, there is evidence that the eigenvector statistics are more sensitive to the details of the classical dynamics than are the eigenvalues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3499-3513
Number of pages15
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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