Communications in Mathematical Physics

, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 282–299 | Cite as

The S-matrix in classical mechanics

  • W. Hunziker


In the Hilbert-space version of classical mechanics, scattering theory forN-particle systems is developed in close analogy to the quantum case. Asymptotic completeness is proved for forces of finite range. Infinite-range forces lead to the problem of stability of bound states and can be dealt with only in some simple cases.


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  1. 1.
    After this was written, we learned thatJ. M. Cook had already treated the caseN=2 in the same spirit (see 1965 Cargèse Lectures in Theoretical Physics, edited byF. Lurcat. New York: Gordon & Breach 1967).Google Scholar
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    Essentially we followJauch, J. M., Helv. Physica Acta31, 661 (1958), but we prefer a different definition of theS-operator, due toBerezin, F. A., L. D. Faddeev, andR. A. Minlos, Proceedings of the Fourth All-Union Mathematical Conference, held in Leningrad 1961.Google Scholar
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    This is a classical result: seeSiegel, C. L.: Vorlesungen über Himmelsmechanik, § 30, Berlin, Göttingen, Heidelberg: Springer 1956. I am indebted toR. Jost for this remark.Google Scholar
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    For the quantum mechanical proof seeHack, M. N.: Nuovo Cimento13, 231 (1959).Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Hunziker
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  1. 1.Institut des Hautes Etudes ScientifiquesBures-sur-Yvette

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