Short introduction to the Gutzwiller approximation in many-body physics

Seminar date and time: 
Friday, 11 February, 2011 - 14:00
Affiliation: 
GIQ (UAB)
Author: 
Simone Paganelli
Location: 
Aula C5/012 (Facultat Ciències, UAB)

The zero-temperature properties of a many-body system can be studied by  variational methods. For strongly correlated particles in a lattice,  Gutzwiller approximation provides an ansatz for the ground state which is quite accurate in predicting  the transition between Mott insulating and conducting phases. In this seminar, a general formulation of the method will be given together with some relevant examples. The connection with standard mean field theory and the limitations of this approximation will be also  discussed.

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