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Stochastic nonlinear Schrodinger equations and modulation of solitary waves

de Bouard, A (École Polytechnique)
Friday 22 January 2010, 11:30-12:30

Seminar Room 1, Newton Institute


We focus on the asymptotic behavior of the solution of a model equation for Bose-Einstein condensation, in the case where the trapping potential varies randomly in time. The model is the so called Gross-Pitaevskii equation, with a quadratic potential with white noise fluctuations in time whose amplitude tends to zero. The initial condition is a standing wave solution of the unperturbed equation. We prove that up to times of the order of the inverse squared amplitude the solution decomposes into the sum of a randomly modulated standing wave and a small remainder, and we derive the equations for the modulation parameters. In addition, we show that the first order of the remainder, as the noise amplitude goes to zero, converges to a Gaussian process, whose expected mode amplitudes concentrate on the third eigenmode generated by the Hermite functions, on a certain time scale, as the frequency of the standing wave of the deterministic equation tends to its minimal value.


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