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The stochastic Gross-Pitaevskii equation II

  • Gardiner, C. W.
  • Davis, M. J.
Published Article
Publication Date
Aug 03, 2003
Submission Date
Aug 03, 2003
DOI: 10.1088/0953-4075/36/23/010
arXiv ID: cond-mat/0308044
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We provide a derivation of a more accurate version of the stochastic Gross-Pitaevskii equation, as introduced by Gardiner et al. (J. Phys. B 35,1555,(2002). The derivation does not rely on the concept of local energy and momentum conservation, and is based on a quasi-classical Wigner function representation of a "high temperature" master equation for a Bose gas, which includes only modes below an energy cutoff E_R that are sufficiently highly occupied (the condensate band). The modes above this cutoff (the non-condensate band) are treated as being essentially thermalized. The interaction between these two bands, known as growth and scattering processes, provide noise and damping terms in the equation of motion for the condensate band, which we call the stochastic Gross-Pitaevskii equation. This approach is distinguished by the control of the approximations made in its derivation, and by the feasibility of its numerical implementation.


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