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Towards a nonequilibrium Green's function description of nuclear reactions: One-dimensional mean-field dynamics

Rios, A, Barker, B, Buchler, M and Danielewicz, P (2011) Towards a nonequilibrium Green's function description of nuclear reactions: One-dimensional mean-field dynamics Annals of Physics, 326 (5). pp. 1274-1319.

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Nonequilibrium Green’s function methods allow for an intrinsically consistent description of the evolution of quantal many-body body systems, with inclusion of different types of correlations. In this paper, we focus on the practical developments needed to build a Green’s function methodology for nuclear reactions. We start out by considering symmetric collisions of slabs in one dimension within the mean-field approximation. We concentrate on two issues of importance for actual reaction simulations. First, the preparation of the initial state within the same methodology as for the reaction dynamics is demonstrated by an adiabatic switching on of the mean-field interaction, which leads to the mean-field ground state. Second, the importance of the Green’s function matrix-elements far away from the spatial diagonal is analyzed by a suitable suppression process that does not significantly affect the evolution of the elements close to the diagonal. The relative lack of importance of the far-away elements is tied to system expansion. We also examine the evolution of the Wigner function and verify quantitatively that erasing of the off-diagonal elements corresponds to averaging out of the momentum–space details in the Wigner function.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Physics
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Date : May 2011
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.aop.2010.12.009
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 Sep 2011 16:11
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:08

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