WIAS Preprint No. 2914, (2022)

The free energy of a box-version of the interacting Bose gas


  • Collin, Orphée
  • Jahnel, Benedikt
    ORCID: 0000-0002-4212-0065
  • König, Wolfgang
    ORCID: 0000-0002-7673-4364

2020 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 60F10 60J65 82B10 81S40


  • Free energy, interacting random point systems, Bose--Einstein condensation, emergence of macroscopic structures, symmetrised trace, large deviations, empirical stationary measure, variational formula, polydispersed droplet configuration




The interacting quantum Bose gas is a random ensemble of many Brownian bridges (cycles) of various lengths with interactions between any pair of legs of the cycles. It is one of the standard mathematical models in which a proof for the famous Bose--Einstein condensation phase transition is sought for. We introduce a simplified version of the model with an organisation of the particles in deterministic boxes instead of Brownian cycles as the marks of a reference Poisson point process (for simplicity, in Z d, instead of R d). We derive an explicit and interpretable variational formula in the thermodynamic limit for the limiting free energy of the canonical ensemble for any value of the particle density. This formula features all relevant physical quantities of the model, like the microscopic and the macroscopic particle densities, together with their mutual and self-energies and their entropies. The proof method comprises a two-step large-deviation approach for marked Poisson point processes and an explicit distinction into small and large marks. In the characteristic formula, each of the microscopic particles and the statistics of the macroscopic part of the configuration are seen explicitly; the latter receives the interpretation of the condensate. The formula enables us to prove a number of properties of the limiting free energy as a function of the particle density, like differentiability and explicit upper and lower bounds, and a qualitative picture below and above the critical threshold (if it is finite). This proves a modified saturation nature of the phase transition. However, we have not yet succeeded in proving the existence of this phase transition.

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