many-body theory


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many-body theory

[′men·ē ′bäd·ē ‚thē·ə·rē]
(physics)
A scheme for calculating physical quantities for systems with large numbers of particles, without finding details of each particle's motion, often at temperatures close to absolute zero.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Pioneering work in many-body theory has established the possibility of Bose-Einstein condensate formation in the cortex; it is likely that the downward causation from mind to body so desired by John Eccles and others can thus be mediated, with perhaps unexpected medical implications.
Inkson, Many-Body Theory of Solids, Plenum Press, New York, NY, USA, 1984.
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