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Excitons and Cooper PairsTwo Composite Bosons in Many-Body Physics$
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Monique Combescot and Shiue-Yuan Shiau

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198753735

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198753735.001.0001

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The Bogoliubov Approach

The Bogoliubov Approach

(p.222) 8 The Bogoliubov Approach
Excitons and Cooper Pairs

Monique Combescot

Shiue-Yuan Shiau

Oxford University Press

Chapter 8 deals with the Bogoliubov approach to the BCS problem. This approach is of fundamental interest because it gives a mathematical support to the BCS ansatz, which was simply proposed by Bardeen, Cooper, and Schrieffer as a trial wave function. This chapter shows that the BCS ansatz corresponds to the ground-state wave function of the one-body Bogoliubov Hamiltonian constructed from the BCS Hamiltonian. This mathematical support is highly welcome because the BCS ansatz contains the questionable idea that composite bosons condense, like elementary bosons, all into the same state, even if the product of N identical electron pair operators substantially differs from that of N single pair operators when N gets large, owing to the moth-eaten effect induced by the Pauli exclusion principle.

Keywords:   Bogoliubov approach, BCS ansatz, Bogoliubov Hamiltonian, moth-eaten effect, Pauli exclusion principle, BCS Hamiltonian

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