We consider the one-dimensional quantum phase model coupled to a thermal bath at finite temperatures and investigate the competition of quantum and thermal fluctuations. By means of a variational method, we obtain the effective classical Hamiltonian, which manifests a crossover from quantum to classical behaviors of the fluctuations. It is also shown that the peculiar nature of the quantum-phase model restricts the applicability of the otherwise well-working variational method to a certain range of quantum fluctuations.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of the Korean Physical Society|
|Publication status||Published - 2001 Feb 1|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)