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Semiclassical Quantization of the Nonlinear Schrodinger Equation

Authors
  • Nohl, Craig R.
Publication Date
Oct 01, 1975
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0003-4916(76)90191-3
OAI: oai:inspirehep.net:2831
Source
INSPIRE-HEP
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Abstract

Using the functional integral technique of Dashen, Hasslacher, and Neveu, we perform a semiclassical quantization of the nonlinear Schrödinger equation, which reproduces McGuire's exact result for the energy levels of the theory's bound states. We show that the stability angle formalism leads to the one-loop normal ordering and self-energy renormalization expected from perturbation theory and demonstrate that taking into account center-of-mass motion gives the correct nonrelativistic energymomentum relation. We interpret the classical solution in the context of the quantum theory, relating it to the matrix element of the field operator between adjacent bound states in the limit of large quantum numbers. Finally, we quantize the NLSE as a theory of N component fermion fields and show that the semiclassical method yields the exact energy levels and correct degeneracies.

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