Fermionic oscillator in a fermionic bath

Arnab Ghosh*, Sudarson Sekhar Sinha, Deb Shankar Ray

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The quantum dissipation of a fermionic oscillator in an environment of fermionic oscillators is considered. Since fermions anticommute, their eigenvalues are anticommuting numbers. Based on an expansion of the reduced density operator in terms of fermionic coherent states which make use of these anticommuting numbers or Grassmann variables, a Fokker-Planck equation for the associated quasiprobability distribution function is derived. The density operator approach to fermionic fields as introduced by Cahill and Glauber thus can be extended to the nonequilibrium domain.

Original languageEnglish
Article number011138
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 30 Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes


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