Statistical properties of the time evolution of complex systems. I

P. Leboeuf 1, G. Iacomelli

The time evolution of a bounded quantum system is considered in the framework of the orthogonal, unitary and symplectic circular ensembles of random matrix theory. For an $N$ dimensional Hilbert space we prove that in the large $N$ limit the return amplitude to the initial state and the transition amplitude to any other state of Hilbert space are Gaussian distributed. We further compute the exact first and second moments of the distributions. The return and transition probabilities turn out to be non self-averaging quantities with a Poisson distribution. Departures from this universal behaviour are also discussed.

  • 1. Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Modèles Statistiques (LPTMS),
    CNRS : UMR8626 – Université Paris XI - Paris Sud