## Course: PHYS 5426 — Quantum Statistical Physics Assignment #1 Instructor: Gennady Y. Chitov Date Assigned: January 15, 2014 Due Date: January 29, 2014 Problem 1. Prove [a; f(a†)] = @f(a†) @a† (1) [a†; f(a)] = −@f(a) @a (2) for arbitrary function f of operator which admits a series expansion. The Bose creation/ annihilation operators satisfy the standard commutation relations [a; a†] ≡ aa† − a†a = 1 (3) Hint: From Eqs.(1,2) one can figure out the corresponding commutation relations for the powers of creation/annihilation operators and then prove them by the method of mathematical induction. Note that for an arbitrary operator Aˆ: @A^n @A^ = nAˆn−1. Problem 2. In the presence of a constant external force acting on a one-dimensional oscillating particle its Hamiltonian becomes that of the so-called displaced oscillator, and the Schr¨odinger equation ˆH (q) = E (q) of the problem (cf. lecture notes) can be written in terms of dimensionless variables as ( − 1 2 d2 d2 + 1 2 2 − √ 2 ) () = ” () ; (4) where q = √ ~ m! and E = ~!”. a). Write the Schr¨odinger equation (4) in terms of the creation/annihilation operators of the harmonic oscillator ( = 0) = √1 2 (a + a†) (5) d d = √1 2 (a − a†) (6) 1 Via a linear transformation to the new creation/annihilation operators ˜a†; ˜a preserving the bosonic commutation relations for ˜a†; ˜a map the problem (4) of the displaced oscillator onto that of a simple harmonic oscillator with new operators (˜a†; ˜a). b). Find the spectrum (eigenvalues) ” (E) of the displaced oscillator. c). Write the normalized eigenstates |n⟩ of the displaced Hamiltonian (4) via a† and the vacuum state |Θ◦⟩ of the new operators, i.e. ˜a|Θ◦⟩ = 0 (7) d). As follows from the completeness of the oscillator’s eigenstates, the vacuum state of the displaced oscillator |Θ◦⟩ can be related to the simple oscillator’s vacuum |0⟩ (i.e., a|0⟩ = 0) as |Θ◦⟩ = Ω(a†)|0⟩ (8) Find (up to a normalization factor) the operator function Ω(a†) relating two vacua. Hint: in working out Eqs.(7,8), employ Eqs.(1,2). Problem 3. Prove from the standard commutation relations ([ai; a † j ]∓ = ij , etc) that ⟨0|aiaja † ka † l |0⟩ = jkil ± ikjl (9) the sign depending on the statistics. Also calculate the vacuum expectation value ⟨0|ahaiaja † ka † l a† m |0⟩. Problem 4. In the formalism of second quantization the two-particle interaction term of the Hamiltonian for spinless fermions is given by ˆ V = 1 2 ∫ ∫ dxdy ˆ †(x) ˆ †(y)V(x; y) ˆ (y) ˆ (x) (10) For the short-ranged interaction V(x; y) = V(|x−y|) ≡ V(r) = e2 exp(−r)=r find ˆ V in the momentum representation. The field operators and the creation/annihilation operators in the momentum representation are related in the usual way, i.e., ˆ †(x) = ∫ dp (2)3 a†(p)e−ipx (11) Note that the limit → 0 recovers the Coulomb (long-ranged) interaction V(r) = e2=r. What is the Fourier transform V(q) of the Coulomb interaction? 2 Problem 5. The matrix elements of a two-particle interaction from the previous problem can be written as ⟨k3k4|V|k1k2⟩ = (2)3(k1 + k2 − k3 − k4)V(q) (12) where q ≡ k3−k1 is the momentum transfer. Show that the diagonal part of the interaction operator ˆ V found on the previous problem in the k-representation, arises from momentum transfers q = 0 and q = k2−k1. Write down the two interaction terms and identify them as direct (q = 0) and exchange (q = k2 − k1) interactions. Draw the corresponding Feynman diagrams. Problem 6. Find the first correction to the temperature dependence of the chemical potential of the degenerate ideal electron gas, assuming constant particle concentration ⟨N⟩=V . Express the result in terms of T and the zero-temperature chemical potential ◦. For the calculations the following formula (we set kB = 1) can be used: I ≡ ∫ ∞ 0 f(“)d” e(“−)=T + 1 = ∫ 0 f(“)d” + 2 6 T2f′() + O(T4) (13) 3

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