Coherent state wave function for systems with spin-dependent correlations

J. W. Lawson, S. A. Vitiello, K. E. Schmidt, S. Fantoni

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We propose a variational wave function which uses coherent states to represent the spin state of particles, and describes systems with spin-dependent correlations. Spin states are parametrized by a continuous variable that looks like a classical spin vector. Correlation operators are represented as simple integrals, without commutator terms, which can be evaluated using standard or Monte Carlo techniques. Explicit calculations on liquid 3He using our wave function give good agreement with standard methods. Applications to systems in condensed matter and nuclear physics are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1846-1849
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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