The Laser Phase Transition Analogy and the Partition Function for Bose Condensation of N Atoms in a Trap

  • Marlan O. Scully
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In Ref. [1] [PRL 82, 3927, (1999)] the first analytical calculation of the partition function for the N-atom Bose-Einstein Condensate (BEC) was carried out. At the conference the question was raised: Is the partition function thus obtained the same as the usual statistical mechanical one? We here show that it is and also present recent improvements of the theory.


Partition Function Master Equation Heat Bath Physical Review Letter Harmonic Trap 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marlan O. Scully
    • 1
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  1. 1.Department of Physics and Institute for Quantum StudiesTexas A & M UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Max-Planck Institute für QuantenoptikGarchingGermany

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