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Boson stars as solitary waves
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Electromagnetic Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7269-5241
2007 (English)In: Communications in Mathematical Physics, ISSN 0010-3616, E-ISSN 1432-0916, Vol. 274, no 1, 1-30 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We study the nonlinear equation i theta t psi = (root-Delta+m(2) - m) psi - (vertical bar x vertical bar(-1) * vertical bar psi vertical bar(2)) psi on R-3, which is known to describe the dynamics of pseudo-relativistic boson stars in the meanfield limit. For positive mass parameters, m > 0, we prove existence of travelling solitary waves, psi(t, x) = ei t mu phi(v)(x - vt), for some mu is an element of R and with speed vertical bar v vertical bar < 1, where c = 1 corresponds to the speed of light in our units. Due to the lack of Lorentz covariance, such travelling solitary waves cannot be obtained by applying a Lorentz boost to a solitary wave at rest (with v = 0). To overcome this difficulty, we introduce and study an appropriate variational problem that yields the functions phi(v) H-1/2(R-3) as minimizers, which we call boosted ground states. Our existence proof makes extensive use of concentration-compactness-type arguments. In addition to their existence, we prove orbital stability of travelling solitary waves psi(t, x) = e i t mu(v)(x - vt) and pointwise exponential decay of phi(v)(x) in x.

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2007. Vol. 274, no 1, 1-30 p.
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quantum-mechanics, collapse
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-16781DOI: 10.1007/s00220-007-0272-9ISI: 000247929400001ScopusID: 2-s2.0-34249318542OAI: diva2:334824
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-05 Created: 2010-08-05Bibliographically approved

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