We introduce two probabilistic models for N interacting Brownian motions moving in a trap in ℝd under mutually repellent forces. The two models are defined in terms of transformed path measures on finite time intervals under a trap Hamiltonian and two respective pair-interaction Hamiltonians. The first pair interaction exhibits a particle repellency, while the second one imposes a path repellency.
We analyze both models in the limit of diverging time with fixed number N of Brownian motions. In particular, we prove large deviations principles for the normalized occupation measures. The minimizers of the rate functions are related to a certain associated operator, the Hamilton operator for a system of N interacting trapped particles. More precisely, in the particle-repellency model, the minimizer is its ground state, and in the path-repellency model, the minimizers are its ground product-states. In the case of path-repellency, we also discuss the case of a Dirac-type interaction, which is rigorously defined in terms of Brownian intersection local times. We prove a large-deviation result for a discrete variant of the model.
This study is a contribution to the search for a mathematical formulation of the quantum system of N trapped interacting bosons as a model for Bose–Einstein condensation, motivated by the success of the famous 1995 experiments. Recently, Lieb et al. described the large-N behavior of the ground state in terms of the well-known Gross–Pitaevskii formula, involving the scattering length of the pair potential. We prove that the large-N behavior of the ground product-states is also described by the Gross–Pitaevskii formula, however, with the scattering length of the pair potential replaced by its integral.
"Large deviations for trapped interacting Brownian particles and paths." Ann. Probab. 34 (4) 1370 - 1422, July 2006. https://doi.org/10.1214/009117906000000214