On an operator identity central to projection operator methodology

Wilson Lamb, Ian Murdoch, John Stewart

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Derivations of master equations using projection operator methodology are based upon an identity whose validity has been established in only limited contexts. Its proof requires precise definitions of eLt and , where L is the Liouville operator and P the projection operator associated with the limited system information of interest. Here, for interacting particles confined to a box, the existence and uniqueness of system dynamics is demonstrated. A distributional extension of L defined in an L1 space is derived for which is the corresponding updating operator. Attempts to define within current semigroup theory are outlined, and a possible future approach indicated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-139
Number of pages18
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 3 Aug 2001


  • liouville operator
  • projection operator
  • equations
  • semigroup theory


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