Institute of Mathematics


Modul:   MAT675  PDE and Mathematical Physics

Symmetry breaking in the Hartree-Fock jellium

David Gontier talk

Speaker invited by: Prof. Dr. Benjamin Schlein

Date: 21.11.19  Time: 18.10 - 19.10  Room: Y27H35/36

In this talk, we discuss the phase diagram of the Hartree-Fock (HF) Homogeneous Electron Gas (HEG). We first recall the Overhauser spatial symmetry breaking which occurs for T=0 at all densities and we present a new lower bound on the energy gain due to this symmetry breaking. At high density we can prove that this gain can only be exponentially small. Then we focus on the fluid phase of the HF HEG and discuss spin symmetry breaking. We find two regions where the gas is either ferromagnetic or paramagnetic. We can partly justify the paramagnetic phase theoretically. This is joint work with Mathieu Lewin and Christian Hainzl.